Saturday, October 18, 2008


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The urge to write

Lately, I've been hit by the bug to write.

I find myself sitting at my desk and between phone calls, an idea for a story pops into my head. I have a few ideas jotted down, and am working on a novel, but more ideas appear, and I wonder if I should just start writing there, or finish my work and then write.

I usually end up finishing my work, since we have to pay rent and eat and can't go naked...

But in the back of my mind, these thoughts are churning.

Time to carve out some time to write...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Stupid Olympics

I don't know why NBC waits until 11:30 to start showing the events that we all want to watch. We were up until 1:30am watching Nastia Luken win the Women's All Around on Thursday night, then had to get up at 4:45 to be ready to fly to Spokane. I've been so exhausted from going to bed at midnight or later that when lunch rolls around, I try to catch some winks instead of walking...

The diet was back burnered for awhile. I guess my friend's attitude really did fry my cheese after all. Although, I didn't go totally crazy. I had chicken & vegetables for as many meals as Dov could stand it. We had hamburgers for a few meals. I finished off the Soy Power cereal...

This weekend at Silverwood, we ate decent. It was 102 degrees, so we had lots of water. And we did get an ice cream cone that was way out of control. I ordered a double scoop and I'm sure they packed a pint of ice cream on that cone...which if I had gotten two normal size scoops and was charged $4.00 for it, I wouldn't have been as happy, so there you go...I shared a lot of it with my niece who sat next to me saying "say peas" and opening her mouth like a little bird. Still, I ate the lions share.

After looking at the pictures from this weekend, however, I am back on track. Dov and I went to the store last night and picked up the whole produce section of QFC, lots of fish and chicken and the highest Fiber cereal and bread we could find.

I got stabbed in the foot by a catfish this weekend but I don't seem to be having any ill effects from it so I should be able to walk at lunch. (The poor little guy fell into the boat instaed of the water and while he was thrashing about, he stabbed me with his pectoral fin...hurt like you would not believe. I soaked my foot in peroxide for 90 minutes. Not a whole lot of swelling, and the wound is looking good, so I think I'll be okay. And now I know that I am offically not allergic to catfish poison.)

Anyway, for breakfast this morning, I had a 1/2 cup of cereal, a 1/4 cup of blueberries and a banana. For lunch, Dov made his lemon & onion chicken with rice. I also brought a Braeburn apple. For dinner tonight, we'll steam rockfish fillets and I'll roast the brussel sprouts and we'll have boiled fingerling potatoes with salt & pepper, olive oil & italian herbs.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Yay Activity!

So, my weekend was fantastic.

We rushed around the apartment like refugees packing up our essentials and stuffing the dogs into the truck to make it to catch the 6:30 ferry. Unfortunately, there was an hour wait, and then we missed the cut-off for the 7:20...We ended up having Pad Thai, which Dov picked up at a little hole in the wall near the Edmonds Ferry dock. It was not great, but it was better than the bag of candy he bought at the market next door...

The dogs did great, except that Bubbles barked at everyone who walked by on the Ferry - unfortunately, we were parked right next to the stairs to the upper deck...

We got into Forks at 10:45 and the Hotel was right out of No Country for Old Men. I wouldn't have stayed in it by myself, but at least it didn't reek of cigarette smoke.

The next morning, we slept in until nearly 9. It was really nice. We ate at the restaurant across the street and I had hash browns and sausage and eggs which I smushed all together. I had some whole wheat toast with it.

We drove out to Cape Flattery and hiked all the way to the point. It was a half hour walk down and 45 minutes back. It was beautiful, and the weather was perfect for walking - not too hot, and overcast enough to keep the sun from burning us to a crisp.

We drove and fished our way past Neah Bay, Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Port Gamble.

We stopped at several beaches along the way and fished. It rained cats and dogs the whole time, and we got soaked. I did catch a nice fish - unfortunately, Dov did not.

We got very excited in Port Angeles when we saw a sign stating $3.72 for regular gas a block up. When we got closer to the building, we discovered the gas station was for lease...

In Port Angeles, we stopped for dinner at a place called Gordie's Pizza & Pasta. We ordered a medium Canadian Bacon & Pineapple pizza and salads. We each had two slices and saved the rest.

We then drove to Eglon Point and fished some more, but we did not catch anything.

We got back to the house at 11pm.

Saturday morning, Dov had to work, and I ended up sleeping until 10am. I had a slice of leftover pizza for breakfast and went to my friend's house for an American Home party. I had a slice of key lime pie, and fortunately, I got to cut my own slice, so I sliced a thin one. We had hot tea. Then Melissa pulled out Lemon Sherbert and I had a small one.

When I got home, I had another slice of pizza for lunch.

For dinner, we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house and had barbecued pork, potato salad and beets with onions. I also had a beer and tortilla chips with guacamole. I was very proud of myself for dishing myself a small portion and not grazing.

Sunday, we had eggs and bacon for breakfast. We drove down to Fry's to return a cable and ended up buying way too much junk...

We went to Burgermaster for lunch. I had a hamburger, fries and a shake. Call it a last hurrah...

For dinner, we had Abby over to meet Bubbles. I bought a veggie tray as an appetizer and served a parmesean artichoke jalapeno dip. We grilled shrimp skewers, had salad, garlic bread, and a flank steak. It was fantastic.

For breakfast Monday, I had scrambeled eggs and an english muffin. For lunch I took a salad and put the remaining shrimps on it. I also took the remaining veggies and snacked on them all afternoon.

For dinner, I had some rye crackers and the parmesean dip. We had the fish I caught on Friday with a little rice. We had marinated it in olive oil, soy sauce and chicken stock. It had no flavor at all.

For breakfast this morning, I had a small bowl of granola.

For lunch, I had a salad from Quiznos.

For dinner, we grilled the leftover shrimp and veggies from dinner Sunday. We also grilled some salmon. We had a small salad.

I walked at lunch and after dinner today. I probably should not have picked the hottest day of the week to do that, but changing into shorts at my desk was an adventure...

I was very proud of myself. Now my foot hurts...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's not what you're eating...

So yesterday morning I had granola with dried strawberries for breakfast and a ham sandwich with american cheese for lunch. I had a pear from the Friday before, and discovered that I probably would have broken a tooth if I tried to eat it last week!

For dinner, I made tacos with guacamole but no cheese and had a tapioca cup. Then I had a whole wheat blueberry scone after our Bible Study. (We have a dessert after each one - I'm bringing it next week, so I'll have to find something good.)

I asked them to pray for my friend and that whole situation, so we'll see how God works it out.

I have to say, though, that I was pretty proud of myself for not letting my friend's emotional outburst sabotage my eating.

We didn't get a chance to walk last night, but tomorrow should more than make up for any activity I didn't get today.

Breakfast this morning was granola. Lunch was chicken breast and lettuce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with low fat ranch dressing. It was dry. I also had some red grapes.

I didn't walk at lunch because I was trying to get some dog food in Woodinville, but the PetSmart there doesn't carry their food. I'll have to stop at the other store on my way home.

Tonight for dinner - we're eating on the road. We decided this morning to drive to Forks tonight so we can fish all day on Friday. That's why I stopped by the pet store at lunch. I ended up buying another harness so Wednesday can sit with Bubbles in the backseat and be ok.

It's a four hour drive. The hotel has a check-in until 11pm, but the man said if I called he'd leave a key out for me. Really looking forward to this fishing trip.

It's going to be a busy weekend - with no forseeable break until the 23rd...

Time to brush up on the serenity prayer...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New week, new plan

I went to see Judy last night, and discovered I had lost 4 lbs and a 1/2 inch off my waist. Nice! We decided that I need to walk after dinner and to walk every day at lunch.

Whe I had gotten home, Dov had bought steaks, shrimp and salmon, and we used our new grill. He made a salad and everything was perfectly cooked.

After dinner, I had a small bowl of ice cream and a couple of Oreos. There aren't many left...I tried to explain how he couldn't bring my enemies home with him, but he doesn't understand.

For breakfast this morning, I had granola and strawberries.

I took my lunch I packed yesterday, and actually remembered to bring it this time!

At lunch, I went and saw SRM. It was a good visit, and a good outcome. We verified that I have insulin resistance. We did another blood test, and again they had to take it with a syringe. We discussed a few strategies, and Dov and I will talk more about them tonight.

For dinner, we had hamburgers, and Dov went and bought shrimp again. We both had a skewer with green bell pepper and a salad with tomatoes and balsamic vinagrette.

After dinner, we took the dogs up the hill behind our apartment and found a trail through some woods that I didn't know was there. It was great. Wednesday and I have the same fitness level - hardly any. But that will change!

Dov then asked why I don't make him cookies, and I explained that the way he itches to fish, I itch to eat sweets when they are in the house. He said I should turn that into baby-making...He's just full of ideas...

Monday, July 28, 2008

High-School reunion

So the Jerusalem Chicken was terrific.

I didn't realize that I hadn't posted on Thursday, but I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and left my lunch sitting at home. I went to Taco Time and had a chicken soft taco. And mexi fries. For dinner, I had chicken nuggets. Dov went fishing.

Friday, well, that was an experience. I had granola and blueberries in milk for breakfast and packed myself a peanut butter sandwich and a pear. I ate the sandwich on the road on the way to the funeral. The funeral was a surreal experience where all three congregations from the split were back together again. Richard summed it up as a "Museum of Evangelicals." I called it a high-school reunion where I didn't get the memo it was only for parents. It was good to see everyone again. My high-school english teacher was there. I discovered that our old next door neighbor's oldest daughter (whom I used to babysit, and helped out with when she was brought home from the hospital) turned 20 this year. (You know, you try to ignore the grey hairs...) Two of my old classmates had colon cancer. Another started a church in Mill Creek. Mr. Collord invited me to visit. (That's just a whole lot of dredging I don't want to commit to right now...) Anyway, it was wierd.

Friday night, we went to McFinsters and Dov and I had fish & Chips and shared a Guinness.

Saturday, I spent most of the day playing Tomb Raider. Our downstairs neighbor dutifully filled our apartment with cigarette smoke every hour and a half or so. I got really fed up at 4pm and shouted some choice words out the slider before I slammed it shut. Inexplicably, the truck's alarm started going off 10 minutes later. A-holes. In my fury, the entire living area was straightened and dishes done in a half hour.

For dinner, we roasted some chicken breasts and potatoes and shallots in a little chicken broth. I had a small bowl of ice cream around 9:30 with half the remaining blueberries.

Breakfast Sunday was bacon & scrambled eggs with mushrooms. For lunch I had a chicken soft Taco & mexi fries with my cousin. For dinner, we had shepherds pie made with lamb, carrots, onions and lima beans instead of peas. We also made a recipe called skillet corn, which had frozen corn, cornmeal and sugar sauteed in butter until the corn meal softens. It was interesting. I had a bowl of ice cream and blueberries at 9pm

This morning for breakfast I had mushrooms and egg substitute, which I don't think Dov liked, but he didn't really verbalize it. I packed myself a lunch with red grapes, almonds and a ham & swiss wrap, but I left it. So I bought a Turkey Bacon Guacamole sub from Quiznos and some baked lays. I'm drinking a diet snapple Peach tea.

Melissa and I went walking today, however I wore sandals and now I have a blister forming on my right foot. Oh, well...

I meet with Judy tonight and SRM tomorrow...bracing myself for the worst...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Candy Man

So it's been a week. I knew it had been a very long time and I won't even pretend that it's all been good times and that I wrote down everything I ate. I didn't.

I did ok until Saturday night when my hubby went fishing and I had a box of macaroni for dinner. Dov went to the store to get his own dinner, and brought home two packages of Double Stuff Oreos because they were on sale, plus root beer and ice cream to make floats with. On Sunday afternoon, we went grocery shopping and stuck to my list from Meal Mixer, except that Dov bought a huge bag of bulk candy.

I don't know what to do with him. I think he's afraid I will lose too much weight. He likes the chubby girls.

But the more I lose, the better chance we have to get pregnant.

We're back on the plan today. For breakfast we had a German Pancake (which turned out more like a cracker than a pancake) and breakfast potatoes (which was a Yukon Gold potato microwaved for 8 minutes, then cut up and sauteed until golden brown in a little butter).

For lunch we had Turkey Swiss Lettuce wraps with reduced fat potato chips and applesauce, which I got a no-sugar variety and I didn't really like it, but I'll learn to...

For dinner, we're having something called "Jerusalem Chicken" which has artichokes and other veggies mixed in. Should be tasty!

I need to start walking again. My heel started hurting, so I think I need to get some better shoes. And my yoga mat got put away for a few days - so it's time to drag it back out.

I have a funeral on Friday and I'm going to be seeing some old family friends and possibly some people I went to school with. Ugh. I'm most worried about running into my friend's parents. Maybe they won't show. But they probably will.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Computers, continued.

We are in day two of our computer woes. Our IT person wtih all the answers is on vacation. poor guy.

For dinner last night, we made salmon two ways; brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper, and brushed with olive oil and tamari and Dov's pepper mix. We ate a slice of each and finished off the bacon wrapped corn.

Later, we polished off the rest of the lime sherbert.

For breakfast, I had a bowl of Special K Red Berries. For lunch, I had grilled chicken strips and a fruit cup from Jack In the Box...and a Kona Coffee Shake.

Really regretting the shake right about now, but the chicken strips and fruit cups are really good.

For dinner, I'm going to stop by the store and pick up some Barilla pasta and goat cheese and tomatoes. I have the brocolli an pecans at home.

Melissa and I went walking yesterday across the street - the path runs along a creek and there was a blue heron sitting in the water. It was really cool. We'll have to explore that area a bit further.

On the upside, the jeans I put on this morning are usually very uncomfortable right out of the dryer. However, I had no trouble getting them on and didn't really have to struggle to get them buttoned. Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Computer and other issues

It's been crazy. Don't really like to go this long without posting, but we'll start with Saturday night.

We had Bacon Wrapped Corn on the cob and Chicken Nuggets.

Dov got up at 4am to fish, and I had a blueberry crunch Clif Bar and a glass of ginger ale for breakfast.

For lunch, I had a turkey club wrap and potato salad.

For dinner, we had shrimp skewered with red and green peppers, mushrooms and grape tomatoes and for dessert we had strawberry and pineapple skewers.

As a late night snack, Dov and I polished off the remaining blackout cake.

For breakfast on Monday, I had cereal. For lunch, I had the lime chicken from Applebees with the Key Lime Pie dessert and a starter salad. For dinner, we ended up at a Mongolian Barbecue place. I had some apple sauce for a snack.

For breakfast today, I had some Special K Red Berries. For lunch, I had a roast beef sandwich on whole wheat, a carrot stick, three pickles and a banana with an Arnold Palmer.

For dinner, we're having sockeye Salmon with rice and some veggies - I have some broccoli and green peppers and onions and I may roast them for a bit in some olive oil with a little minced garlic.

We've been having some computer issues at work and it really sucks.

In some good news, Dov will be free-lancing with some friends of his from CA who are geologists. They're coming up in a few weeks and will be training him on what they need to work with them. YAY!

Dov and I decided last night that when our lease is up in February, we're moving closer to where we both work. Much less stress.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Eddie Izzard

On Thursday night, I used the three tortillas I had left and made a kind of enchilada lasagna where I put a little sauce on the bottom of a pie plate, put in the brown ground turkey (which I cooked with some Taco seasoning) and a little cheese, put on the second tortilla, more turkey and cheese and then the final tortilla and poured the can of enchilada sauce over the top, then the rest of the cheese. (There was about a cup overall). When I was done, I put a cup of corn and half a head of romaine lettuce and a little sour cream on top. I cut it into 4 slices.

Friday morning, I took a whole wheat english muffin and cut it half. I topped each half with a slice of american cheese and a scrambled egg. It was an open-faced Egg McMuffin.

For lunch, Dov and I split the leftover turkey enchilada pie minus the lettuce and sour cream. The tortillas had become kind of an elastic pasta, but it was still tasty. I had the last of the red grapes as well.

For dinner, we met our friends Rick and Gail for dinner at Johnny Rockets at Pacific Place. I had the regular cheeseburger, and Dov and I split the fries.

Then we went to see Eddie Izzard at the Paramount. He did this bit about giraffes reacting to a tiger that was so hilarious. And he had this thing about Noah's Ark that was just hysterical. So brilliant. We were in the very last row and the house was packed. His bit about Darth Vader having to tie his shoes and use the bathroom was genius. I don't agree with his views on religion or politics, but I laughed the whole time.

After the show, we went with Rick & Gail and a couple of Rick's co-workers to Cheesecake Factory. I had 7/8ths of a slice of the carrot cake cheesecake which has bits of carrot cake mixed in with cheesecake, and a couple of bites of Dov's blackout cake. Most of the cake is now sitting in my fridge, but we may have to stick it in the freezer since I've had two desserts this week. They had a low carb cheesecake that I could have tried, but I didn't.

This morning for breakfast, I had yogurt and blueberries with granola. For lunch, I had a whole wheat dinner roll and tuna & mayo and the remaining pineapple.

Not sure what we're doing for dinner at the moment, but I'll see what's in the fridge. We have a whole bunch of corn that we need to use, so I'll figure something out with that...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Granny is 80 again!

For dinner last night, I made penne pasta with italian sweet sausage, olives, artichoke hearts and the remaining Ragu sauce. I didn't measure it, but I only had one serving (which is an improvement. I usually have two.)

After dinner, Dov and I went to QFC and bought a single chocolate cupcake and took it to my Grandmother for her birthday. She was very excited to see me and said she'd just ride home with me. She's in a nursing home in North Seattle and suffers from dementia. I'm not sure where she thought she was, but she asked if it was a long trip from Seattle. She was also convinced that Jerry (her youngest son) had borrowed her car because she couldn't find her car keys. When we arrived, she said she had planned to take the bus home in the morning, but she'd just ride with us instead. We told her our car was too small, and she said she'd just stay there since she was planning to anyway. (sigh)

We visited her for a little bit and split the cupcake. She had the lions share, and I had a few bites, which I tried to get primarily in cake and not frosting which was almost as voluminous as the cupcake! She really enjoyed her card and kept re-reading it. One of the benefits of dementia is that everything is new. (sigh) One of the downsides is that she kept bringing up my weight. I know she means well, but my past experience has been that after I get about 40 pounds down from where I am now, she'll tell me I'm getting too thin, even though technically, I could lose another 40 to 60 pounds!

On that subject, two people have now commented on how much I'm losing. One of them was Dov, so I wasn't sure, but someone that works in our lobby mentioned it too. Can't wait to see what's on the scale on the 29th!

After visiting with Granny, Dov and I returned home and watched tv while the dogs ran around. I had an Otter pop and Dov had three plus a bowl of rainbow sherbert.

For breakfast this morning, I chopped up two slices of bacon, poured off the fat and scrambled three eggs over the bacon bits. I served it on wheat toast.

For lunch, I had leftover pasta. We must have eaten the majority of the sausage last night, because there were only two pieces in the container, but there were lots of artichoke hearts and about 4 large olives. I also had a bunch of red grapes.

My strategy is to use up what's in the fridge before it goes bad. I might make ground turkey enchiladas for dinner tonight. I only have four tortillas left, so I'll make a small batch and save the rest of the enchilada sauce. OK, now I'm getting hungry...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fishing, fishing and more fishing

For dinner last night, I had a bleu cheese burger (a frozen hamburger pattie topped with a tablespoon of bleu cheese with a whole wheat dinner roll as a bun and lettuce and a sliver of onions). I had a large bunch of red grapes with it.

Dov was fishing last night with his friends from work and I got to watch The Producers so I didn't mind so much. However, I ended up eating six poptarts and a huge bowl of rainbow sherbet and a few handfuls of pistachios until Dov called to say when he'd be back.

That was wierd.

For breakfast, Dov and I split an english muffin and had a fried egg and three turkey sausages (they had to be used up or they'd go bad) and I had a glass of orange juice.

Dov did the dishes this morning, which was excellent.

For lunch I packed him a ham sandwich and some grapes.

For myself, I made a ham and cheese sandwich on a cinnamon raisin english muffin. It is supposed to have walnuts and apples and be grilled, but we're out of apples. I also grabbed a large bunch of grapes. I think I like red grapes better than green ones. Eating grapes reminds me of my grandmother. It's her birthday today.

I'm going to find something on Mealmixer for dinner that's quick and doesn't involve a lot of cooking, because the apartment is hot enough as it is!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bookworm adventures

For dinner last night we had the Olympian Greek Salad, which is cucumber, tomato, feta cheese, olives and red onions tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. I made some baked pita chips and panfried a boneless skinless chicken breast and split it between the two bowls. I sliced up half the rest of the pineapple and an orange and put two bunches of grapes on the plate and dov ate all but one slice of pineapple and the entire orange before dinner was done.

For breakfast this morning, I had a yogurt, granola and a banana. For lunch, I made a roast beef wrap with romaine lettuce and avocado and had an orange.

I'll consult the menu for dinner, but I'm thinking the bleu cheese burgers sound good.

My lower back hurts today. I went walking yesterday, and I have a feeling I need to replace my shoes. I took an Aleve this morning, and that's helped.

I also think I may have another ovarian cyst, as I'm getting a lot of pain in my lower left abdomen, and the doctor saw a cyst on the left ovary. It's a dull pain, so I'll live.

I played Bookworm Adventures last night, and Dov was upset with me. He's going fishing tonight. Time to put away the laptop after dinner...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Meal Mixer

On Saturday evening, we had the Chicken, beet & Bleu cheese salad. We didn't really feel like fixing chicken nuggets, but the salads were large enough that didn't matter. We made a fruit salad with an orange, an apple, two bananas, a "vine" each of green and red grapes, a cup of blueberries, a mango, and half a fresh pineapple tossed in a little orange juice. We had that for dessert. Dov had two bowls, I had one.

For breakfast on Sunday, we made the poached eggs with garlic mushrooms which was incredible. For lunch, I packed Dov a roast beef wrap and a glad container of fruit salad. I had a turkey swiss lettuce wrap and fruit salad. For dinner, I made a recipe called "Dude Ranch Pork & Beans" which was a can of van de Kamp's Pork & Beans, a can of kidney beans, a can of sweet corn, 1/2 cup of salsa, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce and 2 1/2 links of italian sweet sausage. I put it all in the crockpot at 2 and it cooked on low until 6:30 when Dov got home. For dessert, Dov went to the market and bought a pint of whipping cream. I made way too much, but we had it as a topper on the remainder of the fruit salad. He also brought home otter pops, and I had two of them. And even after brushing my teeth, my tongue was still purple this morning...

For breakfast, I made the bacon egg english muffin pizza thing, without the cheese or pizza sauce. Dov and I split an english muffin and I didn't use any butter. At lunch, we're having the rest of the pork & Beans, which is terrific still. I also brought an apple. For dinner tonight, we're having the Olympian Greek Salad, with the possible addition of an avocado depending on how ripe it is, and Chicken tapenade sandwiches. (Or possibly the Turkey Feta burger patties like we're supposed to, depending on if I have to have the turkey defrosted before adding the feta...otherwise, we'll have those tomorrow.)

I'll make another fruit salad tonight, sans mango, and use up the rest of the pineapple.

I've discovered Dov likes dessert, and feels cheated if he doesn't get it. Fortunately, the fruit salad counts!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

What's that I said about daily blogging?

Tuesday night we had Chicken in an improvised barbecue sauce, potatoes sliced thin and baked with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and peas with honey. Stephanie made a fresh peach pie for dessert. It was fantastic.

Wednesday was our first day eating off the Meal Mixer menu. We had scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast. We were also supposed to have raisin bran, but I was stuffed after just that. For lunch, we had roast beef wraps where I used a whole wheat tortilla, a little mayo, some thin sliced roast beef and a half cup of spinach. We were supposed to have some low fat potato chips, but I had some leftover 100 calorie packs of Oreos so I had that instead. For dinner, I made Goat cheese Pasta with whole wheat penne from Barilla, some sliced tomatoes and a large clove of garlic. It was absolute heaven. With it, we had pecan broccoli, where we toasted a clove of garlic and some pecans in 1 tbl of olive oil, then sauteed the broccoli afterwards. It was really good. Dov was still hungry after dinner, so he had some lime sherbert. I was stuffed, and just drank some water.

Thursday, we had a bacon breakfast pizza: whole wheat english muffin topped with bacon (1 slice per person) and an egg over easy topped with 1 tbl of mozzerella. We were supposed to have scrambled eggs as well, but just the pizza was enough. It was also supposed to have pizza sauce on it, but it was good without it. For lunch, I made Turkey & Swiss Lettuce wraps and jarred applesauce. I took a romano lettuce leaf and spread a little mayo, then put on two slices of deli turkey and a slice of processed swiss cheese. I put a slice of onion on it and wrapped it up. I took a small jar of applesauce and about 10 grape tomatoes. I got home from work early and had a banana. It wasn't on the menu, but Judy and I had budgeted an extra 30-60 carbs that are not listed on the menu, so I didn't feel bad about it. I did, however feel bad about the Milk Duds I snacked on before I made dinner. I ended up throwing the box away since most of them were melted together, but I'd still had about 20 of them before I stopped. I'm pretty sure that's the last of the candy in the house. Now when I get snacky, I grab a handful of almonds or pistachios. For dinner, we had a vegetable pizza. I rolled out a Pillsbury pizza dough and topped it with a 1/2 cup Garden Combination spaghetti sauce from Ragu. (I found the pizza sauce in the cupboard later...) I topped it with green onions, black olives, artichoke hearts and sliced roma tomatoes. I topped it all with shredded mozzerella. I cut it into eight slices and ended up having three. It was really good.

Friday, I had a western omelet with cubed ham, green pepper (the remainder from last night) onions and egg substitute. I had a slice of wheat toast with it. For lunch, I had the remainder of the vegetable pizza. For dinner, we went to our friends house for a barbecue. I had three crackers with crab/shrimp dip, a couple of tortilla chips and guacamole, some large chunks of grilled chicken and peppers. Angela made a salad with cucumbers, avocado and red onion in a red wine vinagarette which was fantastic. I had more chips with salsa and guacamole. I ended up drinking two diet cokes, a root beer and a regular coke over the course of the afternoon. For dessert, someone made an apple cake with a coconut topping. I ate a 2" square, and finished Dovs. He kept going back and grazing while we played croquet and horseshoes, which was fun with the pugs running around! THANK GOD we've been working on the "come" command. Bubbles was almost hit twice, but she was sufficiently tired out by the time the fireworks came on TV.

This morning for breakfast, I had a cordon bleu omelet with toast. Actually, I took two thin sliced pieces of deli ham and put it in a pan topped with a slice of swiss cheese. When the cheese was warm, I put in a 1/3 cup of egg substitute and when I tried to pick up the sides to see if I could fold it, it squished. So I took the whole wheat toast, put the ham & cheese on top of it, scrambled the rest of the egg subsitute and made an open face sandwich. For lunch, I'll have the Tuna Sandwich with a 100 calorie pack of Oreos. For dinner, we're having Chicken Beet & Bleu Cheese Salad, chicken nuggets, a fruit salad and refrigerator biscuits.

I like this Meal Mixer idea. I'm going to experiment next week and see if I can shift more calories to lunch and dinner. And, I've been kind of mixing and matching with the meals, too. I have a feeling some days are more carb heavy than others, but I've got the extra 30-60 carb snacks to play with.

I've found that I'm not starving at lunch when I have more protein at breakfast, and then I'm not as hungry when I get home. I have a handful of almonds when I get home and that takes the edge off until Dov gets home for dinner.

I need to start doing more exercise as well. I've been walking with Melissa, but we missed a couple of days last week because of the rain. We missed on Wednesday, but Scott and I built my new desk, and we were both sweating pretty hard by the end. It looks good though. We need to fix a couple of things, but we need an electric screwdriver to do it. We'll have it all fixed on Monday.

Dov's working again today and I'm doing laundry. And hanging out with the dogs. Good time for yoga!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The weekend

Friday night we saw Wall-E. I never thought Pixar could pull off a silent movie, but it's very cute. Before we left, we took the rest of our bagged salad mix and sliced up the remaining flank steak that I warmed up in the microwave. It was fantastic.

Saturday, I had cereal for breakfast and the leftover salad with a little shredded Italian Cheese and some more mushrooms. For dinner, I picked up chicken kebabs from Albertsons. Dov picked up Shrimp skewers on his way home, so we had those grilled with another bagged salad with a sliced up avocado and several vegetables. There was a lot of salad left over. I had also boiled some red potatoes, so we had those too. Very tasty!

Sunday, I had toaster waffles and syrup for breakfast. Yummy! Then for lunch I had leftover salad with cheese and a yogurt. And a small box of strawberry whoppers. I was bored. Dov works on the weekends, and the 4th will be the 2nd long weekend I'll spend by myself. (sigh) I need a strategy to fight snacking in the late afternoons. I also had a major headache. For dinner, we went downtown and I had sweet & Sour pork with rice.

Monday, I had the last of the waffles for breakfast. At lunch, I had the leftover sweet & sour pork and a yogurt. In the afternoon, I nibbled on baby carrots. For dinner, we went to Chipotle, and I had a vegetarian burrito. It was really good.

I found a website called, where I can print out menus, recipes and shopping lists, and signed up. We went grocery shopping, and even the checkout clerk mentioned how I had cleaned out the produce department. I'm looking forward to our first true day on the plan. (Tonight, we are going to dinner at a friend's house, so no idea what's on the menu.) I'm having a salad at Quizno's for lunch today. I said I wanted a low carb diet, and the daily totals of carbs are around 150. Is that good? I'll have to ask Judy...

More blogging daily, I promise. And less candy.

Friday, June 27, 2008

My friend Ben

When I lived in Los Angeles, one of my co workers invited us to his house every Monday night to watch Alias. He cooked, and made some really good food. He was always telling people what a great cook he was. We agreed with him.

Until the night he made a salad that featured avocado slices that were hard to spear with a fork. To be fair, the man had a colostomy bag, and did not eat vegetables very often due to the issues they presented upon their exit, so I don't think he ever purchased an avocado before.

So last night when I made guacamole, I cut around the pit of one of the avocados and met considerable resistance. It took quite an effort to get the seed out, so I put that one in a baggie and stuck it in the fridge...

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I tossed the avocado in the lunch bag along with my ham sandwich, nectarine and yogurt. I figured I'd have it with lunch.

Since I was running late, I popped two multigrain waffles into the toaster and made a peanut butter sandwich with them with a drizzle of honey that I ate in the car on the way to work. I washed down my morning handful of vitamins with a 1/2 glass of milk, and rushed out the door. (I don't think I'll be doing this very often, because the fish burps from the Omega3 pill was disgusting. The banana from the cereal hides the flavor more.)

At lunch, I pulled out my sandwich and yogurt,and sprinkled a little salt onto the avocado, and nearly busted the spoon trying to get it out of it's shell. I instantly thought of Ben.

I discovered that only part of the avocado was still hard. The rest was very tasty. (Makes me miss living in Hawaii where the avocado tree grew right next to our dorm and we'd charm the guy from Fiji to climb the tree and pick them for us!)

Tonight, my hubs and I are going to see Wall-E. For dinner, I may do another tofu stir fry, as it's really fast and I want to perfect the recipe I found.

I did notice today that my pants are not snug around the waist. Progress? We shall see.

That's it for Culinary Adventures with Ben for today. Someday I'll tell you about his attempt to grill bacon...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

He likes his frittata

So last night, the hubs and I had a frittata. I used 4 eggs, a cup of lima beans, a cup of mushrooms, a 1/4 cup parmesean cheese and I sliced an avocado for the top after it cooked. The bottom was very brown, but the top was fuffy and delicious. We polished off the whole thing. With three bites left on his second helping, he says, "did you put lima beans in here?" hee-hee.

I went to bed a little early last night, only reading the prologue and first two chapters of The Golems Eye before I conked off. Dov said he came to bed around 12:30, but I didn't hear it.

Even going to bed so early, I woke up at 5 minutes to 7 and had to rush through breakfast and lunch preparations. I had my usual banana and honey bunches of oats, and had to use the Lactaid milk since I'm out. I'm moving to 1% next time. Although, I've heard about raw milk and have been tempted to try it, since the pasteurization process is what creates the lactose problems and both Dov and I could drink it. He'd probably drink more. Being asian and super thin, I worry about him getting osteoporosis because he doesn't get enough calcium.

For lunch, I had a honey ham sandwich with salad sprouts and lettuce, a little mayo and lots of mustard. I also had a peach and a peach-flavored yogurt. I didn't really look to see what flavor yogurt I grabbed this morning, but it was still pretty good.

Melissa and I walked to the Magic Dragon so she could pick up her lunch and then back to our normal route. Tomorrow, she'll be watching her son's tennis match, so I'll be walking by myself.

For dinner tonight, we bought a flank steak, and last night I chopped up a green onion and a large clove of garlic and put that plus the steak plus two tablespoons of soy sauce, lemon juice and peanut oil in a bag with a half tablespoon of crushed black pepper.

I started up the grill with our Matchlight briquets mixed with regular briquets, which turned out perfectly. I put on a potato for each of us (since we had the yams last week) and made a guacamole dip with avocados and the lemon juice, some grape tomatoes and used the endive and baby carrots instead of chips. I crushed a small clove of garlic into it as well, and realized that's what my guacamole has been missing all these good!

I think I need to go get a book with the carb counts for a wide range of foods, because not all the recipe books I have list the carbs.

Either that, or I need to break out my Cooking Light cookbooks for 1992-1994 again and find some more recipes. They had a really good shepherds pie using cornbread as the topping instead of mashed potatoes. Actually, using sweet potatoes wouldn't be bad either...

Anyway, that's for winter. For now it's anything that can get or keep me out of the kitchen!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The day after last night

So last night, my husband got home around 11:30 or so after fishing. (The sun goes down around 10pm or later, so after travel time and a stop at the store he got home very late.) I finished The Amulet of Samarkand around 11:45 or so, and when the alarm went off this morning, I instantly regretted not going to bed sooner...

For breakfast, I had multi-grain waffles from Trader Joes with a 1/2 cup frozen strawberries that I microwaved for three minutes. I also had a cup of tropicana orange juice. Dov bought it for himself (therefore we got the lots of pulp variety) but he can't mix citrus with anything else without instant digestive ramifications, so I'm the one who ends up drinking it, even though it's got the pulp. Even with all the pulp, there's no fiber. We're cleaning out the fridge...

I packed myself a ham sandwich on cracked wheat bread with salad sprouts and lettuce, a peach and a cherry yogurt. I'll have the yogurt for a snack at 3:30 or so.

We have a meeting tonight, so dinner has to be quick...we have flank steak in the refrigerator, but I'll marinate that tonight so it's ready for tomorrow.

I think I'll make a frittata tonight. I have eggs, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, garlic. I'll check out and see if I can get the carb count on that. Can't be very high...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Breakfast lunch and dinner...

This morning for breakfast I had a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats, a sliced up banana and a cup of milk.

At lunch I had a peanut butter sandwich on cracked wheat bread and an apple, then walked by myself around the circuit Melissa and I normally walk when she's in. (She has food poisoning, and sounds like she wants to die...) The peanut butter is good, but I skipped the drizzle of honey this time, and I think I might add it back. There is no sugar in the peanut butter I'm using, and the sandwich was a little dry.

The receptionist in our building turned 20 today, and they offered me a slice of ice cream cake, but I said no. In the break room, they have cupcakes and blueberry scones. I'll be staying out of there...

I had boysenberry yogurt for my afternoon snack.

For dinner, I had leftover tofu stirfry from last night. Then I had about 1/2 cup of cashews while I was reading...Gotta work on the late night snacking...

Monday, June 23, 2008

What I ate today

So the tone of this blog is about to change...

My hubby and I have been trying to have a baby for almost three years now. We were referred to a fertility clinic two weeks ago.

I have PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I'm having that diagnosis confirmed, but I'm 99% sure.

I met my doctor 2 weeks ago. The nurses were very nice, but they had to call the nurse practitioner to find a vein to take a blood sample.

They were testing to see if my cycle was coming. They found a cyst on my ovary that they figured had recently released an egg. It wasn't.

I was put on Provera, and my cycle showed up on Friday night. Joy.

Also, last week, I met with a nutritionist, and I'm learning to eat a diabetic diet.

I'm making small changes, and hopefully, I can get a little healthier.

I am writing down what I eat via this blog. Today is my first day to write what I've eaten.

Maybe it's a bad day to do that...because today I had a two hour glucose test.

I showed up at the clinic a few minutes early, and waited for the office to open. The nurse took me back immediately and they started pressing on my inner elbows and wrists to find a good vein. After 20 minutes of digging with the needle, they took one vial from my hand with a syringe. But they needed two vials, so they referred me to a lab.

I didn't get into the room at the lab until 5 minutes before I was supposed to be taking the second blood draw...Did I mention this is a fasting test? Yes, no breakfast, and now it's 9:00.

So they make me run my hands under hot water and pull out two vials of blood. Then they give me a super-sweet orange soda, and I had to wait two hours and have more blood taken out.

After the second blood draw, I ate a beef soft taco from Taco time. With mexi fries and a diet coke.

I had four donut holes as a snack at 4:00. And an apple after our staff meeting at 2:30.

For dinner, I made a tofu stir fry.

After dinner, I had a half a slice of chocolate cake from Whole Foods.

The cake was really good but way too sweet.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

This is my Daemon from the Golden Compass website.

I was expecting something in the cat family, but thought it would be bigger...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas Observations

This Christmas, my husband and I discovered several things:

1. Our youngest dog, Bubbles, does not like my father and barks at him whenever he walks/stands/sits/breathes, when he speaks or if she looks his direction.

2. The Marines taught my middle brother about Honor, Courage and Commitment, but apparently not about keeping your room clean and offering to help out with dishes when you stay at your sister's place for a month, or how to stay away from toxic ex-girlfriends.

3. We miss our friends and family in California.

4. Giving truly is the best part of Christmas.

Don't get me wrong, I love the gifts I got for Christmas. I asked my husband for socks and he delivered! He also bought me a great purse by Baggallini and a hat, scarf and glove set that will look good with my burgundy wool coat. But I really surprised him with a gift that he really wanted. That is the best feeling!

There were a few dark spots on the holiday.

We went to my Grandmother's on Christmas Day and gave her presents. She did not remember that it was Christmas and kept asking how long my husband and I would be in town. (We moved back here in February, but she thinks we still live in California.) We left rather abruptly because I was no longer going to be able to keep the sobs from coming. She later called my mother and said that she was pleasantly surprised by the gifts that suddenly appeared in her apartment when she returned from dinner with my uncle.

I won't go into details, but my youngest brother is mad at my parents for making him be responsible, so he decided not to tell them he and his wife are having a baby. But he put it up on Myspace, and made my younger sister one of his friends...He heads to Iraq in February with the Marines. Maybe he'll get a clue.

My best friend discovered she has cancer. She starts chemo next week. She has a good prognosis and is very upbeat. She has a good network of support around her too. She told me last night that she's at peace about the whole thing. I told her maybe she will be a true blonde when her hair grows back! Thank God her sense of humor is still intact!

But now, it's a new year, and I have resolutions to keep:
1. Eat healthy.
2. Clean all the junk out of our apartment
3. Finish our Scrapbook.

That's enough to be getting on with. We'll see at the end of the year how I did!