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  1. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    You're almost there, Holly! You can do it! I know you're holding up the sky right now whirling around like a dervish. Here's my holding down the fort report, for later: Ten days in to my on-program-but-not-true-W30 is that the third time may be the charm (not W30, not a 3d time, I know, but, but, but). Either that, or I've forgotten how good I can feel eating this way AND exercising. Oh Tiger Blood, old friend. The not-W30 aspects are minimal – a diet ginger ale, sugarless gum, hemp milk in my coffee....yes...I discovered that a ratio of 1/8 caf : 7/8 decaf is just right...a case of less is more, even euphoric! The evolution of the seedy smoothie: I broke down and bought chia seeds, and also hemp seeds in order to give the recipe a fair shot. I added greens, a glug of olive oil and a few raw eggs to the recipe, and it's been growing on me, and even holds me for 4 or 5 hours. Now that frozen cranberries are turning up again, I have everything I need. I'm not doing it every day, but it's a revelation to embrace a blender drink again. I'm observing with reintro-brain how the seeds impact me, though they are compliant (?), they are foreign to me - nothing negative to report. The exercise approach right now: a 15-25 minute power hike on steep hills for a warm up, depending on my available time. Home for 25 min. of strength work: MWF legs and core, yoga; T, Th, Sat. arms/back, yoga; with Saturday option of yoga alone. So far so good. This feels sustainable, and that is giving me a huge psychological boost. Looking over my shoulder at how I was feeling in the previous months, it is incredibly life-affirming to know how this path can turn things around. Like yoga, it's always there, to go home to. Sanity, calm, sanctuary. I can't fix the world, but I can take care of myself. I'm so grateful for this program and how it's helped me. Notably, compared to the last go-arounds, it's not new/feels normal, easier, less obsessive, sustainable for the rest of the year. Hence the feeling of 3d time being the charm. Bday and Thanksgiving will be a challenge to enjoy off-roading and get immediately back on plan...but the intention is to have things in the freezer as a safety net for when we get home. Later, friend!
  2. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Oh no! By all means you should not have to pay for that. Yikes! Poor Holly! And through it all you are managing to get your stretching in, and good meals, that's awesome. You are awesome! I hope by now you and your husband got some zzzzzs and that things are going more your way. Does Tuesday feel like months ago? It's almost week's end, and I'm guessing it will be a busy weekend as you do your final push for Hoedown. You can do it! I am holding the space for your re-entry to routine and relative normalcy. All will be well. I'll still be here! Off to errands and work... wishing you calm among the storm, and a belly-satisfied feeling from all that you are creating.
  3. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Our thread title being "Start Date Dec. 1", I often want to start my posts here with, "Captain's Log, Stardate 11060718..." I know you're swamped, but this is my happy stardate check in for the first of the week, and the first of the month, and the launch of the last three months of the year. Have you ever known reckless people who destroy/crash and burn in various ways only to start all over and recreate themselves? In our family background there were people who did that, and lots of friends and acquaintances who I observed doing this. If I'm honest, even though I'm not a big drinker or drug user, I do recognize a touch of that pattern in myself. Maybe everyone does that, just to varying degrees...picking yourself up, dusting off, all of that. Things have been feeling out of control lately, as you know. Of course I hadn't exercised since that bad cold a few weeks ago, so I was A~ not exercising and B~sub optimally eating -- not a total disaster, but enough in combination with A that by this weekend I was aching all over. My legs felt heavy and stiff, my joints all hurt, especially my hips. I could FEEL all the tension in my body and knew I needed to start again today, Monday. And I was feeling depressed. By Sunday even though I felt awful, I rallied with a burst of survival motivation, and made a double batch of oven salmon cakes (I think it's the same recipe as the mackerel cakes!), a tray of roast brussels/carrots/yams, and got all my salad ingredients prepared for the week. I'm also de-thawing meat in the fridge for the next up chili and another hash, and will freeze. This morning I had a good 25 minute power hike, and came home to do abs, and legs, and had a good stretch and 10 minute seated meditation. My self respect, mood, and hope for the future are all restored again. Jeez that was a rough patch! My goal is to get movement 6 days per week. If one of those is a quickie that's ok. I'm not doing a W30 but I am on program. I'll make the Portland trip the exception to what will otherwise be a tight, respectable 3 months. Not sure what we'll do for Thanksgiving...but if we stay home, I'll just keep it tight. If we go up to this place in the mountains we like, I might have to make some exceptions, we'll see. I finally tried my friend's smoothie I told you about. It has soaked seeds and nuts, frozen berries, 1/4 lemon with rind, 1/4 avocado, some coconut butter, water, and hemp milk. It wasn't that tasty, but I did enjoy it. I was kinda hungry after 2 hours, but it was so busy at work that I didn't eat until 6 hours past. I was hungry, but not in that state of emergency, eat anything and everything in sight kind of hungry. Have a good week!
  4. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, and absolution, and most importantly for showing the way regarding how to not eat the donut. Good JOB! I understand that after cataract surgery everything comes to life like a pop art explosion. But really, one thing at a time, right? That's a crazy A/C bill, and proves ole Murphy's Law...it just never ends. Do you have a health savings account tax shelter thingie? Boy those come in handy. We started one up this year, so there's no excuse for me to not get that crown I've been avoiding, for example. Oh Holly, the hash is almost gone, so tomorrow I will dream up something new. I was thinking, as you know, about doing a W30 in October, but instead I think I'll do some journal writing tomorrow and psych myself to start anew (self hug in there too at your wise suggestion), adding early morning exercise. I already know what I have to do! I agree with you, the exercise will help. So often the rest falls in place like dominoes. I've fallen into a rut, but I can get out, I have before. I'm still not ruling out a December W30 good time, and won't dream of pestering you about it until after Hoedown. Count down, I think 2 weeks now, right? Through this period of less-than-perfect, I nevertheless have glimmerings of solid love-myself-no-matter-what. The clothes are snugger than they should be, but it's not like I need to wear different clothes, and it's not like I haven't been here before. God, I'm so vain. Just for fun, here's some Hamza Al Din and his masterful oud. Rest in Peace Hamza.
  5. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    That's quite a scene with young Trombone Shorty, how cool! Your sirloin steak sounds delicious = ) Glad you found some ground chicken you like...I think it subs really well, esp. the dark meat when I can get it! Yes, I totally agree that 16-18 hours per day is waayy too much. It's quite a production you put on! It must be a fun event, people looking forward to your offerings each year, and being present for the music even though you're working.... Yesterday was a super good day at work, but also a disaster personally – I was able to catch parts of the confirmation hearing in two different 40-minute sittings, and I nervousnacked on cashews and dark chocolate shamelessly, and woke up the sugar dragon. https://thumbs.gfycat.com/ImmaterialSardonicDutchsmoushond-size_restricted.gif I'll have to be diligent to get myself back on the path. Tell me I can do this. I also need to get my arse moving with vigorous morning exercise. Because of the snacking I had a hard time sleeping. Tired and discouraged, but I'll pack my good lunch and start over I'm sure I'm not alone - I think we're all doing our best to find a zen place amongst the insanity. I'm reminding myself that W30 is a way to be at home in my body, and not to abuse myself. It's so obvious, but a needed mental adjustment.
  6. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Oh, that's so cool! I'm happy that you enjoyed the Bokanté and all, and Snarky Puppy! We also really love Trombone Shorty and caught him at MJF a few years ago. We have a live recording on cassette that Hubs recorded off of the radio when he played at MJF several years before we met, and he couldn't get tickets. The difference between the live version and the studio recordings is shocking - live it must be! I'm guessing you've seen him live, too, yes? Isn't he an *amazing* performer? Wow. Will definitely look into Rebirth Brass Band! We saw Snarky Puppy (again, MJF) some years ago, and really like them, but for me, the new material with Malika Tirolien is really something wonderful. Because so much of the content was in Creole, she and Snarky Puppy lead-man Michael League took turns introducing the material in English, and one of the numbers she set-up spoke directly to personal work I'm doing re my mother/ancestors and it was like a message from the heavens...I'm in love. And he plays the oud on this album, I love the oud. You are SO talented. The food all sounds so good! That's a beautiful still life of your desk/command central. Yes, by all means, keeping it simple sounds like the way to go. Your hash inspires me. This morning I got up early to make mine - I used (surprise) chicken, and the usual onion/mushroom/zucc/kale, but this time for the seasoning I used Chinese 5-Spice, and it was surprisingly good. You inspired me to look for haricot vert and delicata squash...it is that time of year! That Mexican lore about returning containers not empty feels very right to me. Generosity + more generosity, right? ' Yeah, the Paleo theories about (some) seeds harming the gut, which is the seeds' self defense against predators (me, a predator?)...makes a lot of sense to me. Maybe the next time I do an actual W30 I'll re-intro seeds like the suspect seeds, and see how I feel....but my intuition tells me to stay away, plus, there's chia pets, and I get stuck on that = ) It's hard to believe that at one time waaaayyyy back in the early ots, my favorite smoothie, which I thought was SO good for me was: OJ, peach yogurt from TJs, and a banana. ...all that sugar!!!! OMG. On the brink of discovering W30 it had evolved to water or almond milk with loads of fresh spinach, celery, frozen mango (or banana), and raw eggs....but even with the eggs, it didn't hold me, either, and I always felt a tad nervous about the raw eggs unless they were pastured, which I can't always get. I might make the coconut butter tomorrow if I can't squeeze it in, so to speak, so I'll definitely keep you posted! I wonder if it might be a food without brakes, like the way a can of frosting used to be. Did I just confess that? Recently a server at our local Mexican place comped us an order of whole beans. They were so delicious. Plus the black eyed peas at the festival were so good, too, so I'm thinking about making a batch of pinto beans soon. Also found a recipe for black bean burgers that looks yummy: the cooked beans are then baked in a single layer on a cookie sheet to dry them out a bit so the burgers aren't mushy, mixed into loads of garlic and pignolias...this will be an experiment, but could be another handy freezer item. Have you decided on breakfasts yet for Hoedown?
  7. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    That is terribly ironic to have a refrigerator full of food that is off limits for your own consumption! It occurs to me how much commonality lies between theater and food service - the deadlines! The opening night, the stagehands, the cast, and you lost your support, your sous chefs, oh no! It sounds like you have a plan and an approach, and that you're not that worried/plenty worried but have it under control. Yes, lists! You are a woman with a list, I know you can do this! I hope you can get your A/C fixed once and for all...think of how dull everything may be when this period of Hoedown and Home Repair is all over? How did the creole gravy turn out? One of my favorite concerts this weekend was Bokanté, and the singer sings in her native Guadalupean Creole. Oh, I love to see a kick ass woman backed up by the men folk. Here's a link - it's a music video with lots of gorgeous dance as a bonus if you have 5 min I'm feeling so encouraged because while the festival was really enjoyable, it's potentially a train wreck for eating, you know, fair food and everything. But in the mornings I ate boiled eggs at the hotel, and thanks to the Ghanian vendor, I ate delicious grilled chicken, spinach, black eyed peas, and a little of the rice, and a few ginger fried plantains. Modest portions...not precisely compliant, but really not bad, nutritious and delicious, and I only strayed from that menu at the very end when I enjoyed flash fried brussels sprouts (who knows what kind of oil was used but it was heavenly!), and the chicken off of the jambalaya, letting Hubs finish off the rice. We ate out on the last night, and I had salmon and broccoli and herbal tea. We ate out twice before getting home tonight, and I minded my Ps and Qs pretty well. So I have some confidence moving into the week, and closing out the month of September. Plans for this week include making my first batch of coconut butter for a smoothie recipe (soaked nuts, blueberries, coconut butter and almond milk...I'll skip chia seeds, they kind of give me the willies so I never have any on hand)...my friend says is really filling for 4 hours...I know, smoothies, we sorta know better, but I'm off roading so I'm going to try it. And a good old hash, a large batch, enough to share with my keto-loving friend and return her containers with some in it. Sorry so wordy, my brain is tired, and it's time to unpack and go to bed!
  8. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    That recipe looks delicious, and I love the idea of browning the garlic. Occasionally I like to make a pan of garlic/rosemary roasted potatoes, and love to graze on the toasted garlic nuggets that results, that almost but not quite burned flavor. This is a dumb question, I know, but are you using green tomatoes as their own variety, or an unripened red tomato? That's charming that your husband will enjoy the curry-ish dish as long as we don't call it curry. Sshhh... A couple of times I've peeked at keto theory, but honestly, I know there are no shortcuts to what I need, and know it's not that healthy. I do admire my friend's weight loss, and then I'm back to minding my own business...to each her own. Also when I glance at keto recipes or see photos on social media, there is no color, pointing back to what you said about nourishment...time being so scarce, I don't think I'm going to do any further research, letting common sense prevail. It's so understandable that you're in to-do-list mode right now. You're almost there...countdown, 3 weeks! That's such a bummer about the upstairs A/C! Ouch. Glad you have the downstairs cool, and that it's getting cooler! Hope you're having a better day today. I loved getting a summary of your menu. Hoe sauce, LOL!! Oh, it all sounds SO good! Watermelon comes to mind. I'll be interested to learn what you dream up for breakfasts. I got visions of big sheets of egg pie, easy to make in advance and slice up like square crustless quiche? Curious, how much of the cooking will you do onsite? Are you happy with the facilities you'll have available? Is it just you and your husband, or will you have other helpers? How many people will you be feeding? Yesterday's lunch salad was so much better than I expected it to be...I only had radishes and snap peas on hand for the crunchy part, so I chopped them up and also used the last of the latest meatballs. Yum. I've been using a basil infused sunflower oil for my salads, with balsamic. Really enjoying that. I'm experimenting with eating a little less protein and fat than I think I need, and being careful to be ready to eat again something well considered. That is going well so far. I think I might, historically, have been kidding myself in this area, and overeating...so this is this week...and laying off the mayo a little. We'll see. It hasn't been a great exercise week, but I've done something every day, even if only a short walk and then stretch...missing my morning meditation, working back to that peace. After we get home, that is...this weekend is our annual pilgrimage to the Monterey Jazz Festival. (thank you for that reminder....right you are!) There will be my favorite food vendor, Ghanian. Yum. Looking forward to that, and home on Monday night. = ) Knowing we'll be OOT for 4 days, I've let us slowly run out of perishable groceries, so I think it will be salmon tonight and a tray of roast brussels... I'll check in next week - will be thinking of you, sending cool breezes your way!
  9. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Yay for full tubs! Now you have me dreaming of curry! Portland is Nov. 5-10, but I like the way your brain works. Hm. I am so excited about the trip - I know there's going to be delicious eats there (and other lovely things, of course, like a Watsu massage, I can't wait!). My birthday falls the day after the midterms, and though I'm something of a teetotaler, I'm looking forward to drinking a little bit. My husband is a political animal and lives for elections, so I can guarantee he'll be drinking scotch or rye. I often flash on the Meadowlily you quoted about really only needing to do a W30 once. I see the point, but I feel I want to, and need to. I think I'm going to set my intention to tighten up my act, and sleep on it for a while...I always see myself allowing only added sugar, but then there's days like today... Today I ate two chocolate chip cookies, and some chips before dinner. But! it was a good movement day. I took a quick hike, and pressed for time, just did a quick abs workout, but I worked real hard, got real sweaty, and then stretched. It's nice and cool, so I will keep that up. The outdoor part, as I'm sure I've said before, is key for me, and lifts my spirits so much. So this part is huge, a cause for celebration!!! I think the eating part will fall into place better once I've got the movement going - that has historic precedent and is giving me hope. Hope you'll get a good night of sleep tonight! It's hard to keep it together while sleep deprived. Your cook up sounds great! I've got some skin-on/bone-in thicken thighs thawing right now! The cauli risotto also sounds heavenly. I can imagine how the mushrooms pack it with flavor! 2-part Blasphemy alert: My friends who I mention are into keto popped in today. They've each lost 14-15% of their body weight and look and feel great. It seems tempting! But I know that when I keep my good habits up, I can lose weight, too....it's worked for me before! I can do this! We can do this! Remember when you talked about the mental part, the mindfulness. I'm going to work on that. I threw together a huge casserole last week based on my friends' keto chicken florentine ( hers was very tasty, but not filling, and had an ocean of whipping cream in it). My version: the bottom layer was chopped up ckn thighs that I had roasted, then a mountain of sauteed onion/mushroom/zucc/kale, then I drowned the whole thing in a coconut milk/egg custard. The seasonings were oregano, s/p, nutmeg. Not bad. It was good to get a break from ground chicken - I eat that so much. Have you ever made Mel's salmon cakes? That looks like a great thing to have on hand in the freezer. insert mermaid emoji. What can you do/are you doing to minimize your triggers/transgressions during this stressful time pre-hoedown? What do you need, or what are the conditions that you can set up? I know we don't do cheat-days during W30, but would it help to give yourself one or two days per week to indulge? Let's do. Yes!
  10. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    PS As for the temporarily too-snug clothes, I like this: Can I just observe this without judging it? Also, the air is much better, thanks for asking! There will be bad days air-wise now that it's harvest time, and they shake the nut trees. It gets awfully, awfully dusty with God knows what variety of yuck, but today was good, and overall it's better fire-wise. Aah.
  11. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Heya Holly! I'm sorry I missed this post, I've been peeking in to see if you've been able to check in, but I missed it. Glad to see you! Gosh, we're in the same boat. I fell off the wagon, kind of got back on, weebled, wobbled, got it under control only to notice the same as you: my clothes are snugger than they were. D'oh! I've still not stepped on the scale except at the doctor, and I wouldn't even look. I wonder if you're getting big rains from the outer reaches of Florence. Hope all is well! I know that October will be completely mad with Hoedown and all, so a W30 is out of the question. I've got a big fun bday trip to Portland in Nov., so that is out...how about we do another December W30 or 60? I'm actually thinking about doing one in October notwithstanding Halloween, even. We've got this. We can turn it around, I know it. Since coffee and I are off again, I'm enjoying tea again. I'm enjoying the feeling of freedom, also monitoring my energy level. The knees are pretty good! The hips are a little stiff...I've been inconsistent with exercise, but am gearing up for a good week after last week when I was awfully sick and stayed home most all the week and did not exercise at all. I learned a lot from your MovNat! I have been incorporating a lot of new joint mobility into my routine, and I'm so grateful. I thought I had lost my copy of ISWF when the friend I had forgotten I loaned it to returned it along with two tubs of W30 cooking!! That was cool. She leans more towards keto but it's fun to compare notes when we see each other. I've missed you, too!! I know you're up to your eyebrows, but check in when you can! A bad day doesn't have to be a bad week, let's just start fresh every day. We're still re-wiring our brains. I'm really focused on keeping the nutrition onboard, because I'm doing some much needed depth work with some childhood issues, with the help of some books my therapist recommended some time ago. I read them, made notes, saw my therapist for a series, but it's been a few years (and she is 3 hours away), and with menopause stuff is up for me and I feel there is no resisting Truth, perspective, and wanting to address the new perspectives...so it's back to the books, and my journal, and I know myself well enough to know that I may be tempted to comfort with carbs and candy, etc....so this is an extra challenge right now. I KNOW that I have enough experience with this new way of eating that I can do it - just keep on keeping on, and keep the tupperware tubs full!
  12. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    I broke down and did have coffee yesterday, with no ill consequences, but I'm back on a neutral keel now so that I can monitor my actual energy level, which is sort of my "normal", safe zone. I'm psyching to put it to my advantage now that it's time to get back to a movement program. Since that week off three weeks ago I've fallen out of my habit. I'm looking forward to feeling my home-base-place of W30 eating AND exercising AND not high on coffee...I've been there before, so I know I can find it again. Then when I do indulge in a cup, it's a proper drug trip. Hey, that IS a lot going on Miss Holly! I looked up the festival. It's a beautiful website (and video from last year), and sure looks like a lot of fun. Ooh, the peppers, and the pepper salt sound amazing. If that is dorky and nerdy, well, I say genius, and yes, bring it. Who could resist. You have abundance and mad skills. Do you need a lot of space to dry out the salt? As for feeding large numbers of people, when you have to time to post I'll have fun riding shotgun, reading about your creations, and probably will drool. Your soups sound delicious. The best looking tomatoes I could find were cherries, so I roasted them with onions and shallots, and threw some basil and thyme into the blender. It was pretty tasty, but it doesn't last long! Yesterday I made a big pot of bone broth with spoons-full of aromatics such as fennugreek, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon and clove, all the stuff in my "back-up" spice larder...I did this a few months ago, more conservatively, and it was yummy, so I amped it up and we'll see, it's an experiment. Hopefully it tastes as good in a steamy mug as it smelled while simmering. I sympathize with you all and shy kitty. Our furry feline friend is 19 this year, and has demonstrated that she can still learn. In recent years she has not only gotten over her fear of the vacuum, but she gives it the same contempt as everyone else. When the vacuum approaches her she just gives it the stink eye, and won't budge. No shortage of character. My hope is that your kitty might follow suit when she lives to see another day, every day, over the weeks...as for how you will cope with the noise, well, at least it doesn't disrupt the interior of your home, right? So, you can cook! Speaking of that, cilantro needs chopping for the mango balls...= )
  13. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hi Holly! So nice to read your words and hear about your mom's celebration and all the news. My mother also always used the expression, "hope springs eternal", and reading that gave me such a warm feeling. Yes, yes, yes. And you and yours gave her the best birthday ever, so awesome, well done! Interesting about the dairy. Do you desire it less these days? Yesterday I cruised through the dairy cases at my grocery store only as a path to the bathroom, and I was noticing the freedom of taking a pass on that section, and so many other areas where I just don't need or want it anymore. Not that I don't still have my temptations, of course. But yeah, dairy just doesn't work for me, either. The other day I had some sour cream on the chili instead of mayo, and I won't be doing that again. I'm with you on getting back to routine! Have you been able to get back to your movement program since coming home? I won't tell anyone you had to toss something - it happens to all of us! The crabcakes sound delicious and droolworthy. After my last post I made a batch of wonton meatballs and a big pot of chili. Next us is mango meatballs, tomato soup (I'm roasting the tomatoes this time!), and soon afterwards kofta kebobs inspired by iHeartUmami, and my hubs' favorite Asian chicken thighs. I'm experimenting with daily serving of sweet potatoes, which seemed to work last year re weight loss, though it was slow, and otherwise tightening up my game re W30 ways...exactly as you said, trusting the program. I figure, true to W30, more or less true to the exercise schedule, and whether or not I lose the "last 20 lbs" it's in my best interest all the way around. I notice as soon as I make exceptions my fingers and hips hurt in the morning. Go husband! I love that he is asking your for guidance, and I know he can do it! So great to have so much support in your family, and the role modeling, not to mention a little pressure with his son-in-law losing so much weight! This is day 3 of no coffee - time to let it go again. The effort to re-establish a caffeine naive state will be worth it, I know, it's just a bit hum drum. = ) Sweet Thursday to you!
  14. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Well, plan B is a work-a-little from home/mostly staycation, and it's been great! I camped out with the hubs on starry Sunday night (in spite of the haze) and saw him on his trekking way on Monday morning. When I got home I tornadoed through the house and by 9pm had things jusssst the way I wanted. Tiger blood! Tuesday's work out was abs and lower body/sitting meditation, then errands and a work appointment, followed by a much-needed massage and dinner with a friend. Shared dessert set me a little off course, but I straightened up by morning. Wednesday was a day to sit with a long-neglected copy editing project when suddenly, I heard hubs' car out front! He came home early!! That was fun. He missed me, said it wasn't as fun without me. Annnnd, the air was crummy. Uh huh. Never one to gloat I told you so, I just plain old welcomed him home, and we've been staycationing together ever since. I kept my Thursday dinner date with a friend, last night, and really enjoyed the chocolate lava cake with whipped cream. The thing is, I go right back to basics afterwards! Because of this back and forth, I'm not losing weight, but I'm happy, and I'm maintaining, and my self respect is in tact. So this is a win! The tropical chicken cakes are gone, and the salmon is gone, and I'm not sure what's next....but for now I'm back to my copy editing since the game plan was happily interrupted, so I'll have to adlib, and still have the weekend to prepare for the week...just enjoying the home time so much! I'd intended to keep my early to bed-early to rise schedule with daily morning workouts and meditation but somehow I couldn't resist staying up late and sleeping in a little. How was your mum's birthday celebration? Did you bring lots of tomatoes? Did you make the baba ganoush? How goes the movement momentum?
  15. LadyLisbette

    Start Date: December 1st

    Oh, the jelly doughnut, you navigated that so well! Boy, do I understand. Someone at work is talking about bringing in doughnuts, and I really hope she doesn't. The parallel universe we trek through includes the black kitty fur tumbleweeds! LOL. Is your black cat a long haired lovely? Yesterday I found kitty dreadlocks that we usually cut out, and she pulled out herself Eeew. At least she didn't eat them. I love baba ganoush, but have never made it. That sounds so good. I love middle eastern food and miss my old bay area haunts where it is plentiful. Like coffee and cigarettes (yes I used to smoke), I wonder if I will get over the pita bread connection...but it would make such a great dip and spread with raw or roasted vegetables. I will have to look into that - thanks!! Garlic.... Yesterday there was a new person at the check out of my local grocer. She asked how I was going to cook my sweet potatoes. After my reply, she suggested deep fried and sprinkled in sugar I feigned enthusiasm, and walked out slightly amused and slightly sad. As for the mountains up there, well, there is a good chance that once we get to 8,500 feet (the trail head is 7,500 or so) the air would be better, for part of the day. But I'm still not going...When do you leave for your mother's birthday celebration?