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A Me Morning

I’ve spent my morning chatting with some of my kids, and alternately staring at the snow and watching the dog play in it. Of course, that was after sleeping in and lounging in my nest of blankies this morning. I’m so grateful for the job I have, my husband, (and the life I lead in general) that affords me such simple yet luxurious experiences. Blessed I truly am.

It is that time of year where I need to be working on Human Tetris (aka box office for concerts), but since we don’t have any major plans for Thanksgiving other than being thankful, I have time to get to that. This year, for the first time in my life, it’ll just be Hubby and me for the holiday. No complaints. While I will/do miss my kids, the knowledge that they are all safe and happy is fine with me. We did our meal in October with #4 as is our family tradition. This leaves Thanksgiving open for the kids to celebrate with their “other” family and me time to get my head in the right place before concerts begin. It works.

Hubby and I have a small turkey breast, some sweet potatoes, asparagus, brussel sprouts and fruit for our celebration tomorrow. We’ve (I’ve) been able to stick with our whole30 for a week and a half and so far I’ve dropped 7 lbs and am feeling pretty good!


Today is #1’s birthday. I sent her a card, but I’m doubtful I’ll be talking to her. No too sure why, though. Whatever the reason, it seems to be what she wants, and I’ve let all my children know that my goal in life is to do my best not to judge their choices and try to honor whatever it is they’ve chosen. I don’t have to like what’s going on, or even understand it. I just have to acknowledge that it’s their choice and not obsess over the reasoning or why. Since my choice is to focus on what makes me happy, that’s what I’m going to do. Today that seems to be tea, my kitty curled up with me and watching the snow fall outside my window. Oh, and music. Gotta have the music.


In fact, it’s just about time to break out the Best Christmas Ever. My kids grew up with this 2 cd compilation playing in our house every year. It’s not necessarily the most traditional of holiday music, but it certainly evokes the memories of handmade ornaments, baking cookies, decorating the tree and late night package wrapping sessions. :0)

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Two days

As expected, once temptation was out of my immediate realm, I’ve been able to maintain a wheat-free, lactose-free, sugar-free diet for two complete days. Had a pretty horrible headache yesterday but that was bearable.

Today I felt great. I made dinner for tomorrow night at work (pulled pork and cole slaw) and dinner for us tonight (baked chicken, broccoli and oven roasted eggplants and turnips). I harvested the little seeds out of my pomegranates and went shopping for (and found) bulk coconut oil and coconut flour at BJ’s! Woo hoo!

It’s the little things, people!

I’ve suddenly taken a shine to olives, for some reason. Hated them up until recently, but then all of a sudden I wanted to eat them constantly. I wonder what’s in them that’s making me crave them.

I’m in the market for a new physician. I like the person who is my doctor, but I don’t necessarily like the chaos and disconnect going on. Having a child working in the field, and listening to her tell me the troubles that happen when an office decides to migrate to a new system, gives me a head’s up as to why this chaos may be happening. That said, I’m not sure I’m willing to risk my health while they “work it out”.

In this instance, the doctor wants me to take a medication that expressly states that people who have X should never use. When questioning this, the office called me up to let me know that a completely different condition would not have any interaction with the medication. When I corrected them and explained the condition I was concerned with, they blew me off and said that I’d have to come in and talk with her. What? Truly? I have to make an appointment and come discuss it because you confused my condition and don’t have the time to take my phone call? Or call me later to discuss with me? Who is the customer here? I’m just thankful I read the monographs thoroughly before taking any medications.

So, the hunt is on but it’s not easy finding a physician. You just never know if you are going to click and feel comfy with a doctor until you’re fairly invested in the situation. I’m trusting the universe will let me know exactly who I’m supposed to go see.

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Day 1

Today is the first day of what my friend Jenny decreed, “Operation Air and Styrofoam”. (whole30)

It’s cold and raining and a generally blah kind of day. Sitting on my desk is a copy of the most recent “Taste of Home” cooking magazine with a photo of a chocolate peppermint cake and the words “Comfort and Joy” next to it. Nah, no marketing of emotions tied to foods there.

This is the season of eating. Stores are crammed with goodies to gift, goodies to make and food, food, food. However, my time off the wagon has led to inner ear fluid jostling around, elbow, knee and general joint pain, swelling of hands and feet, and a craving of all things butter (which I love above sugar, but I’m lactose intolerant). Thankfully, I’ve stayed at about the same weight so, I’m not having to peel off massive amounts above and beyond what I’d like to lose before going on tour and going to my daughter’s wedding. Actually, just in general I’d like to take this off, but those are my goal dates.

Bless my hubby for agreeing to be supportive. He even slipped in a little hint last night, which I appreciated. He was busy doing a few things and suggested I walk on the treadmill. But not in a “get your lazy butt on there woman” way. Just a simple, “You could watch TV, read or maybe take a walk. Whatever you want.” Maybe next time it will be, “Honey, I’ll do the dishes for you. You can do whatever you want. Maybe you’d like to take a walk!”  Lol, just the trade-off of him doing the dishes in exchange for 30 minutes on the treadmill would be enough to motivate me. The treadmill is definitely the more enjoyable option.


I let this post sit open on my desktop all day as a reminder, which worked great while I was working. When I went downstairs to make dinner, I did fine. But the knowledge that there was still birthday cake downstairs was overwhelming… sigh…I know.. I was weak. If it helps, it tasted great, but I felt crummy all evening.

Now that the cake-tease is gone, I’m sure I can last an entire day. 😀

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The Well Traveled Muffin


While enjoying my breakfast morning mug ‘o muffin, I started wondering just where my food comes from. Not from the vantage of carbon footprints or any of that mess, but just the wonder of logistics and how we enjoy things on a global scale.

I created the map above with the major components of my muffin that I eat just about every day, with the exception of the cocoa. Today was the first time I added cocoa powder for breakfast, but I don’t expect it to be the last.

There are a few other ingredients I didn’t map, but for those of you who are curious, here are my ingredients, and their corresponding pins:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (C)
  • 2 Tbsp Orange juice (D)
  • 2 Large eggs (local to A)
  • pinch Baking Soda (F)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (G)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour (C)
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa (B)

Whoa! That’s one well traveled muffin by the time it gets to my shelves, and probably the last time I’ll complain about having to drag myself to the grocery store for any of the ingredients.

Btw? It was yummy!