Thursday, August 21, 2014

Molding, eats and mental tape

It's almost Friday!  We should just rename Thursday to Almost Friday.  All in favor say "aye."  

Yesterday was a good day for some progress on the home project front.  I got my molding for our pass thru to the kitchen painted, distressed and waxed.   So it just needs to have some D rings attached to the back to be hung.  But first I need to take down the current bamboo blind over it, fill the holes and try to get it to not look horrid.  I'm really dreading that part because I don't want there to be some wonky patch job that I can't smooth out.  Fingers crossed!

Yesterday was full of yummy eats.  I forgot to get a pic of breakfast but it was basically like below:

I had the crustless quiche, low sodium cottage cheese, a small nana with 1 tbsp of peanut butter, green tea and a clementine.

Lunch was...

Tuna fish lettuce wraps, cantaloupe with grapes, veggies with 1 tbsp dip and an apple with 2 tbsp PB2 for dippin'.  I wish tuna wraps held me longer.  I was ready to eat my hand by workout time.

We did Fitness Blender's Day 2 of some challenge they're doing this week.  I was kind of irritated I burned less than my required 400 calories but I was sticking with my 10 lb cap with the free weights to see how much my lame arm could take.  So far, so good.  I may actually be able to try 10's and 15's tomorrow.  But I'll take 375 calories if I have to in order to keep my injury on track to healing.

*kicks pebble*

Dinner was orange roughy over homemade coconut milk lime brown rice and a side of Brussels.

I haven't been sleeping well lately.  The other night, I finally got to sleep about 2:15am and at 4am it sounded like Mother Nature was bombing the place.  I hate Earth shattering, wall shaking, knick knacks about to fall off shelves kind of stuff.  I need to stop watching TV in bed.  I tape the Tonight Show so there's no reason for me to watch it in bed.  Then I turn off the TV and listen to the tape in my head

"You really need to go to sleep.  *insert list of 50 things that are random, stupid and keeping me awake* You need to learn to relax.  Look at the Mr, he's been asleep since 4.25 seconds of rolling over.  Rat bastard.  Maybe I can warm my toes on the back of his knees and bring up my body temp to get in sleep mode.  Oh, did I wake you?  Good.  I mean...oops.  Let me flip on my other side.  My arm is going numb laying that way.  Why did we buy this mattress?  I'm not much more comfortable than I was before. *Find myself almost drifting to sleep when I hear a loud shift*  Why does the house settle like that?  Is the house going to get swallowed by a sinkhole?  I wonder what I would land on if I fell through to the kitchen?  I would scrape my hip on a French door fridge all the way down.  That would hurt.  Is that a 8" spider lowering on to my face!??!  *swat-swat-swat*  Nope, just my lucid state of mind that let's my vision play tricks on me.  Thanks a lot whatever ancestor passed that down.  My leg itches.  *scratch-scratch*  Oh damn, I'm like a Sasquatch.  When was the last time I shaved my legs?  If you can't remember, it's probably been too long.  The Mr will mistake me for a man if he feels this.  I'll have to sharpen the blades on the John Deere.  What's that noise?  Ice maker?  Hot water heater?  Chupacabra?  I wonder if...."  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Do you have a problem getting to sleep?  If so, do you play your own tape in your head that keeps you awake?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My week thusfar

Well, summer sure came back with a vengeance in our neck of the woods!

I was hoping to do a little more walking this week to give my arm a rest but still get in cardio but us curly hair girls only look like this in heinous humidity...

(Google image search)
Last night we did Shaun T's T25 Focus Cardio which is quite a calorie burner for 25 minutes.  I think I burned 615 calories in that time and then we added some lower body stretching afterward to round me up to 730 calories total.  We've agreed that yoga will be an add on instead of a main event so it'll come after workouts like Shaun T's or Turbo Fire HIIT's.  I hope to get it in 2-3 days a week.  Despite not using any weights with that workout, I was still pretty sore afterward and had to ice my shoulder.  Good God man, I'm fallin' apart!  Today is probably the first day my arm feels about 90% better and I'm going to give light weights a go tonight; nothing higher than 10 lbs.  If I feel any kind of strain or numbness, I'll cut back to 5 lbs to see if it is doable and go from there.  If I'm relegated to 1 lb. peanut butter jars like I was the other night, then so be it.

Today the Mr and I finished up the last of our quiche.

It was quite yummy and I'm sure we'll be adding that to the rotation.

I started work on my molding so I'm thinking I can get to sanding today and hopefully get a coat or two of paint on there.  I've gotta see if that damn spot on the leg of my table has finally taken paint or if I'm going to have to tell people it's "character."  Regardless, I need to get poly on it so we can bring it in.  I think the top has cured as much as it's going to in a hotbox garage that heats up to 1000 degrees now.  I want to have people over soon and having a place to sit is usually a plus.

I'm also getting the urge to bake and cook.  It happens like clockwork this time of year.  I've even started testing some recipes for the fall.

I'm ready!

How's your week going?  

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crustless Quiche

The Mr told me the other day that he wanted to get in a little more protein.  Now, we're not talking going paleo or whatever...we still like our flour and potatoes but his breakfasts were a little more carb heavy than he liked.  So I figured I could pretend I was Ina Garten and whip up something 'fabulous.' (are we the only ones who drink every time she says fabulous on Barefoot Contessa?  Water...we drink water!)

I did a little brainstorming and came up with this lil baby.

Here's what you'll need to make this protein packed slice of heaven.

Crustless Quiche
Serves 6

4 eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 cup organic fat free milk
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and wrung of water
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 scallions, diced
2 slices Trader Joe's uncured turkey bacon
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Swiss & Gruyere blend
1 oz Sartori Bellavitano Balsamic cheese  (or similar cheese like Asiago or parmesan)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Cook your turkey bacon and cut or crumble, set aside.  Ready your veggies including thawing the spinach for 1 minute in the microwave then wring out all of the water.

In a medium bowl, add your eggs and whites.

Mix until well combined.  Add any spices if you like.  I used a few grinds of black pepper, a shake or two of thyme and a dash of garlic powder but you can use whatever salt free spices you like.

Add your thawed and squeezed spinach, red peppers, Swiss/Gruyere blend and scallions, stir to combine.

Add a generous spray of butter flavored cooking spray to a pie pan on the bottom and sides.

Add egg mixture.  Sprinkle turkey bacon on top making sure it's evenly distributed.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Yes please!

When  it comes out of the oven, grate your one ounce of balsamic cheddar.

Sprinkle evenly over the top and let it melt.

Drool-worthy goodness.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes and then cut into 6 wedges and get ready to dive in.

This isn't necessarily a whole breakfast thing that could sustain you all morning so add a slice to a bowl of fruit, a slice of sprouted bread with natural peanut butter or whatever you like for a good balance.

Nutritional info (per wedge):  Calories  140  Total Fat 6g  Sat Fat 3g  Poly Fat 1g  Mono Fat 1g  Cholesterol  141mg  Sodium 176mg  Potassium 194mg  Total Carbs 5g  Fiber 1g  Sugars 2g  Protein 12g  Vitamin A 57%  Vitamin C 9%  Calcium 16%  Iron 6%

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Barter payment, chili and working through an injury

Happy Monday loverlies!

It was a nice weekend, not too busy but just busy enough.  We went to this one farmers market for the first time this year.  I can't believe we haven't made our usual rounds this season.  We got there a little late so most of the stuff we wanted to get was already sold out so we only came away with a zucchini and a banana pepper for the Mr.  

Wah wahhh.

One of our friends who owns an antique/upcycle store paid the Mr for his computer prowess by letting me take home this molding I was eyeing for the remodel.  

It was worth the price they had on it to me but even better in trade!  I thought some of the scratches were deep but they were only surface so it should be a quick sand down then I can start painting it.  Braaaahoooo!

Oh yeah, like our current dining table up there?  It's a folding buffet table I've had for years, like a long TV tray.  It's not the most comfortable solution since we have to straddle the ends to eat there but you do what you've gotta do.  I've got my table top curing in the garage and have to do a few touch ups on a leg then I'll poly the legs and we'll move 'er in the house.  I'd like to give another full week of curing in the house and keep anything off the top so we might have to keep the folding table in the living room.  I know that's news to the Mr.  D'oh.

I made the first chili of the season yesterday.

(I didn't have a charged camera but we had this sans the bread butt)
It was sooo good...and filling.  It was grocery day so we got all of our shopping done then worked on chores and took a wee nap before deciding what to do for the day.  I am still nursing a numb(ish) thumb from that horrid yoga class a week ago and when it improves, I would do something stupid like a double kettlebell session and set myself back.  So I'm on a self imposed strength hiatus this week.  I feel better today so I'm going to give it until Wednesday then I'll do a light free weight workout and see how that goes before assessing to see if another one will be done Friday.  I can't even do hard cardio like Turbo Fire where there is punching and stuff because the intensity of the punch numbs me back up.  I know I just have to let it heal on its own time and do what I can to help it along.  Injuries blow.  Pffft.

So last night's workout was a walk around the city in the sweltering humidity but at least it wasn't using my arms in any way.  Later on when we got home, we did IT band stretching session so that we would hopefully not be so gimpy today.

Oh yeah, I've got a new recipe coming soon.

Try not to faint.

How was your weekend?  

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Friday, August 15, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week

Happy Friday y'all!

Sorry I'm a little late this afternoon but our jackhole internet provider decided to be down from 5:20pm yesterday (you know, when we were right in the middle of a Fitness Blender workout) until bedtime.  As we woke up, it was still out and I'm posting during varying pockets of uptime as they attempt to fix it.  So if there are typos, you're going to have to excuse them as there was no time for proof reading.

Thankfully, last night we rented two movies to keep us entertained.  Want to hear the most emotional movie night combo ever?  Heaven is for Real and Angriest Man in Brooklyn starring Robin Williams as a man given 90 minutes to live.  Yeah...apparently we're (I'm) a super glutton for punishment.  But, Heaven was really good.  More of a Lifetime movie feel to it but loved the message, lots of good actors in it and that little boy could be sopped up with a biscuit.  Angriest Man had to be a real hoot for Robin to film.  He got to drop more F bombs than I knew was possible.  More than anything besides the challenging subject matter was what you come to expect from Robin...lessons.  Lessons on how to live a better life.  Lessons in how to take minutes and moments of your life and make them count.  Many tears were shed but less than I thought because of how much he made us laugh through the tears. 

So here's a better late than never edition of...

29 Freeing Truths Of Being A Low-Maintenance Girl  (Not all but most apply)

Shocking Anti-Obesity PSA Sparks Debate  (Interesting.  Apparently we should all just blame our parents? What are your thoughts?)

Bring in Warmth and Character With Reclaimed Wood  (Pretty!!)

Set Aside a 15 Minute Block Every Day Devoted to Self-Improvement  (You up for the challenge?)

How to Do the Perfect Kettlebell Swing  (My body is still reeling from last night's session)

Why It's So Hard to Remember People's Names  (I'm SO bad at this!  I will literally forget as soon as you tell me.)

Eww! with Taylor Swift  (I've been waiting for another episode!)

6 Quick Tips to Save on Gas   (We'll need this over the next few months.  Road trips!)

The Benefits of Pessimism  (I prefer to call myself cautiously optimistic with relatively low expectations so anything better than that is a bonus)

Banana Bread from Bon Appetit  (On my 'to make' list)

41 Things We Miss About Grade School   (Waaaahhhh, I wanna go back!   Kinda.)

7 Things That Are Aging Your Skin Prematurely (Stop These Bad Habits Now!)  (Oh how I wish I could sleep on my back)

5 Small Things You Can Do Now to Prep Your Holiday Budget  (Good way to save without feeling the pinch too much)

Burger King customer 'buys all the apple pies to spite crying child queueing behind him'   (Courtesy of the Mr.  I want to bake this man an apple pie and thank him.)

5 Little-Known Duran Duran Songs Worth Spinning  (Not sure I agree with these but give 'em a listen if you're so inclined)

In addition to the usual links, here are the links to articles I've been reading about Robin Williams this week...

Robin Williams' daughter Zelda tweets: 'I love you, I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up'

Friends and Fans React to Robin Williams's Death

"Lyddie" (Lisa Jakub) from Mrs. Doubtfire relays sweet story of Robin's kind heart

These Photos Of Koko The Gorilla Mourning The Loss Of Robin Williams Are Incredibly Moving

Olaf remembers his friend and idol, the Genie  (Get out the tissues)

How Robin Williams Helped Conan Cope With 'Tonight Show' Debacle

Robin Williams: The 60 Minutes interview  (This is from 1986.  PC people, skip it.)

Outtakes from Robin Williams' 60 Minutes interview  (In addition to above link)

Pierce Brosnan Opens Up About Robin Williams Death

If you would like to give to some of the charities Robin supported through the years in his memory, please visit their respective pages below:

If you would like to donate to the Parkinson's Foundation in Robin's memory, you can go to their website or to learn more about this disease.

If nothing else, perhaps his death will shed some light on the often stigmatized subject of depression and bring more awareness to Parkinsons.  39,000 people per year or 108 per day die from suicide.  I was shocked to learn over this past week that more people die from suicide vs homicide in the United States.  Addicts have a rate of depression 3-4x higher than non-addicts.  Both issues need to be treated to ensure we don't lose another person.  It is often times not the saddest person you know but the happiest that is masking pain.  Be a friend and check in on others to ask how they are doing and if there is anything they need to talk about.  It's a small thing but can make a big difference and imagine how much nicer the world would be if we showed each other the kindness of more time and attention?  We're all on this journey of life together, lets make it a less rocky road to travel for ourselves and for others whenever possible.

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

On a lighter note, no real plans this weekend that I know of.  I'm hoping to have the table moved back in by Monday after the wax cures and can take our abuse.  Then I will be officially done with the big pieces of furniture and we can move on to the smaller projects.  

What's on tap for your weekend?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Window Retail Therapy and Fall awaits!

Is it Friday yet?  


Well, pfft!!

The Mr and I did a little retail window therapy the other day.  I think what I love most is that without question he heads straight for the stores he knows I require for happiness.


Sur La Table...

and Pottery Barn.

I was more than excited to see the appearance of ghost white pumpkin tureens or orange pumpkin pillows and napkins at a few stores.  I'm so ready for Fall.  I'm ready to start baking pumpkin everything.  I'm ready for crisp air and fuzzy socks and Trader Joe's spiced apple cider.  (Note to self:  Buy about 6 jugs of it because they yank it right at the peak of cider season every time.  Bastardos!)

For exercise, I hit the HRM and then proceeded to gripe about idiots for 30 minutes.  When I did my split and restarted, we did 45 minutes of Turbo Fire 45 and burned 1050 calories.

Dinner was a bbq salmon burger with grilled pineapple, half of a grilled cinnamon maple sweet potato and a side of Brussels with half a strip of bacon crumbled and half an ounce of balsamic cheddar.

I'm finding myself really loving sweet potatoes lately.  Funny, considering I HATED them as a kid.  My mom makes sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving and while old me would've loved how sugary sweet it is, I'm learning to appreciate a sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon and 1 tbsp of light maple syrup for sweetness on top and it tastes decadent but totally satisfying.  I see many sweet taters in our Fall future.

And chili.

And pumpkin pancakes every other Sunday.

And roasted root vegetables.

And homemade soup.

And finally trying my hand at grandma's noodles and trying not to turn them into dumplings.

And being okay with it if they do turn into dumpling because chicken and dumplings = yum!

Okay, I'll stop now.

Are you ready for Fall?  

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sometimes there are no words

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Last night, the Mr and I were checking out at a home store when the lady in front of us callously said "in case anyone cares, Robin Williams died."  We gasped and my body literally jerked back as if she'd just kicked me square in the stomach.  The Mr and I pondered if it was his heart since he'd had so much trouble with it a few years ago.  We knew after the cancellation of his show that he went back into rehab to "maintain his sobriety", a move we both thought was so noble to catch himself before past addictions had a chance to take hold again.  When the woman received another text, she said "it was suicide."  I knew I had to keep it together until we got to the car.  We stood there stunned.  I wanted to tell her, "I will remember you the rest of my life...even if your delivery of the news sucked."  It took me back to losing John Ritter and the devastating loss I felt then as well.

I think the reason I cried like I'd lost a family member is because I grew up with Robin.  He has been with me in every stage of my life.  I had the biggest crush on him in Mork & Mindy.

I'd go around saying "nanu nanu" or "shazbot" (this coupled with Gomer Pyle reruns saying shazam must've driven my mother up a wall) and I even stuck around when they jumped the shark with Mearth played by the amazing Jonathan Winters.

If you or someone you knew had HBO back in the day, you did anything you could to sneak a peek of the acts in Comic Relief in the mid-80's.

That material definitely wasn't Mork calling Orson and as a kid, it was about as thrilling as a boy of the same age catching a nanosecond of boob on the scrambled channel.  Comic Relief raised and distributed over $50 million for the homeless in the United States and Robin donated his talent to the cause.

As I perused his IMDB page, I realized, there were a ton of 80's movies of his I missed out on because they were over my head at the time.  Movies like The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society have all been bumped very high on my "movies we should see" list.

Of course, there is no better role, in my opinion, than the incomparable Mrs. Doubtfire.

It is one of several movies that I can stop to watch no matter what point it's at when I'm flipping channels.  It still makes me laugh...still makes me cry.  I still quote it like it was released yesterday and will quote it when I see Mrs. Doubtfire staring back at me in 30 or 40 years in the mirror.  Robin's talent was ridiculously apparent in that movie and I was thrilled to have visited the Hillard home (on the corner of Broadway and Steiner) when we were in San Francisco as well as many different film locations from the movie including Bridges Restaurant.  I never thought when we ate there a few months ago that reading the Mrs. Doubtfire poster he signed near the bathrooms would be the last time I would read his words while he was alive.

A few of his more serious roles, are some that I really liked as well.  One Hour Photo and Insomnia are among my favorites that show the range of his talent and I love that he took those roles despite their dark undertones.

I forced myself to watch The Crazy Ones despite only liking Robin in that cast but the parts the Mr and I looked forward to the most were the credits when they rolled the gag reel for the episode.  I would laugh so hard at him and often dreamed of what it would be like to just have one day to watch him work, hang out with him or just have a serious conversation with him.  He seemed like he was so full of insight and I wouldn't need him to be "on" to enjoy his company.  He just seemed like a genuine, beautiful man but as with many comedic geniuses, there can sometimes be pain or situations we just can't grasp.  I find myself flipping back to my homepage hoping to read that this is some internet hoax.  That just like hundreds of other celebrities who have "died" and tweeted "sorry, still here!" that there is some chance this is all just a bad dream.

There are some celebrity deaths that make you say "awww" or "that's too bad" and you go on with your day.  Then there are ones that feel like losing a member of your own family.  Ones that you know will take some time to get over and when it's in such a manner, it's even more devastating.  I have seen the headline hundreds of times by the time you are reading this and it still doesn't even begin to compute in my brain.  It's as though my head cannot even fathom such a loss.  I think of how he talked about how proud he was of his grown children and how much they taught him about life.  How happy he seemed with his wife.  The Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that was finally green lit after 20 years that will never be.  The body of work left behind that won't be added to in the future.

The details of his death are still emerging and in the end, we're not going to get the answers we seek. We'll never know why.   (Edit:  while we'll never fully know, this update may shed some light on why.)  We are left to speculate and to mourn.  We can also learn to look for signs if there are any in people we know, in ourselves.  Depression can be treated and managed but for some, it is a lifelong struggle.  I have gone through it after losing family members and thankfully pulled out of it.  But there is one bad decision in a moment of desperation that takes depression from something that can be dealt with to an irreversible loss that can't be taken back.  I can only pray that he has found the peace that eluded him here and send my deepest condolences to those who knew him well and were lucky enough to call him friend.

But the laughs won't stop.  As long as we have videos and video channels, Robin's work can be enjoyed for decades to come by young and old.  He would want us to laugh.  (NSFW-language)  He would want to know that on someone's worst day, some joke he told helped them through it.   I will be watching a lot of his comedy over the coming days as this story takes the twists and turns that unfortunately come with this kind of end.

Robin, thank you for your gift.  Thank you for making my childhood and adulthood a little more bearable with your humor and crazy antics.  I never looked forward to Letterman more than when I knew you were on because it was going to be a show.  I pray that when you made your way to the great beyond that the house band didn't play "Rockin' Robin" because you suffered through enough of that here to last several lifetimes.

"All my love to you're going to be alright.  Bye bye."

What is your favorite Robin Williams role?

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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