Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Injury setbacks

It has been weeks now since I had a decent run.
I AM ALL SORTS OF ANTSY.  And that is severely understated. 

I keep giving it a try, once or twice a week, but my foot keeps telling me "OH NO YOU DON'T, GIRL!" 

Now I'm starting to suspect that the treadmill running is exacerbating my problem!  Oh no!!  I've not been able to do more than a mile on it since the pain began! S

So Saturday I took off for downtown, because it's nice and flat. I decided to run at a slow, easy pace and just see how things went.

I happily ran 2.78 miles, until the discomfort showed up. I felt like I could've run 10 more, and I wanted to!  But I want this foot to just hurry up and heal already! 

One of my biggest motivations to run is stuff like this right here:
I want to be able to enjoy Christmas treats without putting on weight!

Last night I tried the treadmill again.  
And I had to stop at .75 for the pain.

Don't want to see a doctor, but this is getting very discouraging!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

6 words per picture

These girls make me crack up.

Tear-jerker and breakfast in bed

I don't even know myself anymore.

This pup is so stinkin' spoiled.

Girls' morning out yesterday!  Yummy lunch!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Picture of Sophistication

I've been without glasses for quite some time now.

Just laziness, really.
They cost a whopping $26.95-plus-tax-and-shipping at Zenni Optical, and that's only because I always pay the additional 20 bucks for the slim, high-index lenses.

My eyeballs have been begging me to just go ahead and order the dumb glasses already.

Bossy little things.

Well, I finally did.  
And don't I look so much more sophisticated?  Grown-up?  Classy?  Elegant?  Mature?  Librarian-ish?


Yeah, I thought so, too!
(I picked these fun frames.)

My eyeballs are so happy.  They can breathe more easily in the evenings, now that they get a little break from my contact lenses before I sack out for the night.

Disclaimer:  Zenni does not pay me, nor do they give me free glasses, for the shout-out.
Which is a bummer, because I'd love to get a couple other fun pairs of glasses!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Menu

One habit I have forced myself into, that makes a WORLD of difference for my everyday sanity and happiness, is making a menu.

I hate having the "WHAT SHALL I MAKE FOR DINNER?" question floating around my brain all day and zapping my mental energy.

So....

I menu plan!  

Lately I've even taken to planning out what sides I'll make with each meal, just so I can be sure to have well-rounded meals with lots of variety.

We like variety.


Here's what we're eating this week:


The salmon will not go over well with my picky eater.
I am open and hoping for suggestions that will help her get it down!

>>>What are YOU eating this week?<<<

Monday, November 10, 2014

Photo & Haiku

Chocolate-dipped apples.
I am weak, so very weak.
But I'm not sorry.
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Woke with yucky throat.
Biscotti and egg sandwich...
Feeling better now.
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Rough morning Sunday.
Snowy roads just made it worse.
Note to self:  MOVE SOUTH.
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Do you all agree?
Aaron Rodgers, Duggar guy--
Are they twins or what?!?!
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Orchestra concert.
Serenades and pretty lights.
Cultured, are we not?

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Lunches

Since the temps are dropping drastically now, I have been drinking far fewer smoothies.
Smoothies were my go-to lunch all summer long!   I love them, but when I already can't feel my fingers and toes, holding & sipping a cold beverage is not appealing.

So now, I have to actually think about what I can scrounge up that isn't too comfort-food-ish.
I love assembling a big fat sandwich... or throwing together a pizza... MMM, PIZZA...

But THE VERY LAST thing I want to do is fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon all winter long!

The second-to-last thing I want to do, though, is add yet another complicated or time-consuming meal prep to my kitchen tasks.  AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

So I began snapping photos of my lunches, and posting them to my Instagram, so that I won't forget the good ideas when they come along.  Not because I think I'm amazing with food, but just so I can remember when I'm unmotivated!

Here, a nice big salad.  This is romaine, red onion, tomato, cuke, green olives, Craisins, feta, & french dressing.  
Also glazed apple cinnamon oatmeal bread, edamame, and grapes with cottage cheese.

On this day I had a baked sweet potato, half an egg salad sandwich (on homemade whole-wheat bread!  Go me!), and chips--just a few!  Also an apple and some Greek yogurt with a tiny swirl of homemade strawberry jam.  YUM!

Another big salad, yes.  But this one's romaine & baby spinach, cuke/tomato/red onion, feta, pomegranate arils, & zesty Italian dressing.  I love that sweet pomegranate crunch!  I also had a small piece of butternut squash lasagna, which I topped with a smear of pumpkin-chipotle sauce.  SO GOOD!  

My family is decidedly AGAINST this lasagna.  "No meat?!  Squash?!  THE IDEA!!"  Weirdos.

So I just transferred it from the 9x13 to freezer containers.  Super for when *I* don't want to eat what *they're* eating.  So there!  I'll take this luscious lasagna over chili dogs any day!

For the record, the Luscious Lasagna recipe can be found at womansday.com.    I do not use the amaretti cookies.

Today's lunch:  
☆grilled cheese with apple
☆bruschetta-style avo/tomato/feta
☆cheesy broccoli
☆boiled egg

Food makes me so happy.

{{{What do you eat for lunch???}}}

Field Trip--Children's Museum

Yesterday the girls and I met up with some friends of ours for a field trip. We went to the Great Lakes Children's Museum in Traverse City.


This screen explained how a ship works & what kinds of ships can be found in the great lakes.  Ellia turned the helm and flipped all the switches.

Another screen showed what kinds of interesting creatures one might find in our great lakes.
The ball wall!
Kids arrange the tubes & joints to make paths for plastic balls.
 The water table.  Kids can arrange the tiles to direct the water flow.  Boats & balls are provided.











The Garbage Game.  Kids choose a toy garbage item and decide how to dispose of it properly:  in the garbage, recycling, compost, or the storm drain.  (Hint:  NEVER choose the storm drain!)

 We had a great time!  I didn't photograph the living water cycle, the ship's sail you could manually raise & lower, or the puppet theater.

It's definitely appropriate for a younger crowd--Olivia was borderline too old.  Plenty to see and do, though!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Running Gear and Good Fitness Habits!

I used to laugh at people who exercised in compression/running pants.

Then I began running. 

And I started chafing. 
Or getting too cold.  
Then too hot.
Then some more chafing.  (REALLY.  SO BOTHERSOME!)
And my legs would feel swollen.

And I understood!  
Running tights help all of these problems, so I decided to get a pair of them, in the capri length.

Night and day, people!
This summer I wore them some, and shorts some. I overheat easily and quickly, so I wore shorts whenever possible.  

Now it's cold again, even on my porch where the treadmill is.  Since I had just the one pair of compression capris, (and since they are now kinda baggy! YAY!) I bought a pair of pants as well.  

ASIDE:  Thank you, Wal-Mart, for your workout clothing that does not require a second mortgage!  


Yes, I am a little bit self-conscious in them, as it is impossible to hide any bulge or jiggle.
BUT, the more I work out, the less of a problem this will be!  Right?!!

This wicking fabric top is my FAVE.  I'm so glad I bought two of them, as they are PERFECT for exercising in cooler weather.  I sweat a lot (read: like a man), so the wicking fabric is really helpful.  Nothing worse than a soaking wet cotton T-shirt chafing your skin for an hour!


Pants:  Wal-Mart, $12.94
Top:  Wal-Mart, maybe $8?
Shoes:  Brooks Ghost 6

The girls like the treadmill and have taken turns exercising on it.  
Makes me happy that they enjoy it!

Do you wear special running/workout gear?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Fabulous Fall Days

Our days are slowing down some, with the cool weather stealing in.

We don't mind the slower pace, although the temperatures are not our idea of wonderful.

We are thankful that we can take advantage of different opportunities to get out and do informal learning.

This month we attended a high school volleyball game.  I was so excited that ALL THREE of our girls absolutely loved it!  Each of them was totally engaged throughout each set of the match!  
(particularly exciting:  Our trip to the "confession stand." --Olivia)

The girls love jumping in the leaves.  
AND BOY, DO WE EVER HAVE THE LEAVES.


On Election Day I had three little shadows in the township hall and in the little voting booth.

I was glad they were interested in the voting process! 
(They were especially intrigued by the vote-tally-upper.)
What is that thing called?  
They wanted to stand there and watch everyone's ballots get sucked in.
Afterward we stopped by the store for some grapes and a pummelo (just wanted to try something new!  It's in the citrus, and it's like a mild grapefruit.)
These 2 long john donuts jumped right into our cart!  We split them and each had a half.

The girls are attending a Wednesday night Bible club, where they are enthusiastically memorizing Scripture and filling out Q&A sections.  They are SO SMART!  I've always been a quick memorizer, but their speedy minds make me feel really slow!

Olivia's learning about the tropical rain forest.  

One thing I love about our home school curriculum is that it encourages families to learn together.
Sure, the girls have their own things that they have to do independently, but overall, each one of them is just so enamored with what the other two are doing!  I don't mind ONE BIT, letting all of them pile in together to see and do things together.  

***crowding around a fun fold-out book about animals of the rain forest.  Today's focus was on monkeys, so it was no surprise that they all wanted a banana!***

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Your Honest Opinion, Please.

So I wore my new skirt Sunday.
You know the one:  the purple-ish lace-y looking one?

The girls crowed about how pretty I was, and Nate gave me a loud whistle.
I guess different is good, no?

What do you think?  Is it "me?"

Yes, I paired it with a black cardigan and black boots.  Black goes with everything!  Which is why I love it!

Have you made any bold and crazy moves with your wardrobe recently?