Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekends are for Fun

This weekend my hubby and I visited his sister and family out in the hills, it was beautiful. The weather was a perfect fall day.  Mom and brother-in-law took off for a ride on his new motorcycle and Sis-in-law and Little Miss and I went for a walk.  It was a great day.  Their house is beautiful and they are almost all settled in from their recent move.

This summer has been busy and flew by rather quickly for all of us, this weekend was a perfect time for us all to get together and spend some quality time catching up and enjoying the late summer weather.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weight Watchers because I need more support with my change

So in my journey towards health and managing my PCOS, I've learned many things about foods and carbs, about how important sleep and fish oil are, and a bit about how I deal with the stress of everyday life.  I've also begun to make peace with the fact that my mom is not hear, my sister lives far away, and my husband does not understand what I mean by "support".    The realization of these things has lead me to work with others, looking for support and assistance, but none of these have lasted.  Friends have only so much time, energy and effort to give out if they are not on the same plan.

I have a co-worker who is doing Weight Watchers, and my sister-in-law did it once a long time ago, along with countless other friends who loved it and did well.  I've tried the counting on my own before, and was not successful.  To be honest I need the accountability more than I need the points.  I can eat with hunger and stick to it, if I have support, encouragement and something to hold my feet to the fire. Weight Watchers really won't hold my feet to the fire, but each week they will weigh me so it's a draw in that respect.

I need the constant hand holding and encouragement, and I need the support to not get tired and exhausted with me.  So, having people who will do this whether I am there or not is a huge bonus for me.  They are committed already, now I just have to join in myself.  The first week was a learning curve, and I'm hoping that this next week there will be better results.  I may have to check just to make sure.

So, here is where all the food stuff gets to be paired down to understanding the proper portion size, and hopefully all will be right with the world again.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

"Another flourish, and the black silk folds and curves in on itself, becoming a black top hat. The woman places it on her head, topping off an ensemble that looks like a ball gown fashioned out of the night sky: black silk dotted with sparkling white crystals."

As I live in California, I can no longer be an Amazon affiliate, but you can go and read portions of the book to find out more about it.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday's at work

Recently a co-worker an I have started bring food to cook in my slow cooker at work. It cooks on high for 3 or 4 hours and we have a nice hot soup or stew, jambalaya or what ever else we feel like making that week.  Recently others have joined in, and brought their contributions and so we share.  This is fun, but at the same time I understand very clearly what the "to many cooks in the kitchen" comment is all about.

Stone Soup

I must have been blessed with a great family and family-in-law to where we know how to work around or with others in their prospective kitchens.  In other's kitchens they take the lead, in mine I am the maestro of the meal.  This has not worked quite the same here at work, but there is only one unruly cook out in the group.  It must be because the space itself feels like theirs, because the rest of it certainly is not, but they do feel the need to water down things that the rest of us would want to keep thick.

I'm not sure how many of you have collaborative cooking events or have weekly meals at your work place, some places do monthly pot-lucks, some you just have to boobie-trap your lunch box so no one rifles through it and eats your food.  I learned quickly in those previous places to make notes about having licked and spit on everything in my bag already, and maybe alluding to colds or other communicable things as necessary.  I have found these notes do not have to have a shred of truth to them, but there must be that possibility to protect your lunch.  The saddest part of this is that this last scenario played out at two of my previous work places one of which provided lunch materials for all employees to eat from, and the other place was a religious house of worship.  The later office place I only had to make notes regarding licking and stealing being a sin, but it still needed to be stated as sad as that is.

This week our current group collaborated on Taco Soup, and it was delicious.  It was the Jambalaya that went less than stellar.  I prefer a thicker stew like meal, but this other cook decided she would have preferred a soup, and rather than adjusting her own bowl the whole pot was adjusted.  With some conspiring between myself and the other co-worker who began this with me, we made a few minor additions as well...we both like things spicy.  As it turns out our soupy co-worker is a light weight when it comes to spiciness.  Today  it worked out well, nothing was adjusted this round, and we shall see what happens in the future.  It does stand as a reminder that if one of you deviates from the recipe, the others might follow and make some changes of their own as well.

For the Taco Soup recipe.
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