I loves me some efficiency!

I was up for a ride this morning. Quite a bit sore from lifting yesterday, I have to say. I was a bit slow on the bike at first, but then my lower body loosened up some.  It is darker out earlier now.  The daylight window for rides is waning. No more evening rides and the morning ones have to happen later.  I did stop after 20 minutes for this view.

Hello Vermont!

I did a nice 7 miles before breakfast.  And what was breakfast you ask?  Banana breakfast bread pudding topped with some peanut flour and apple butter.

I also tried some So Delicious coconut milk for my coffee instead of my almond milk.  I am not that fond of it.  Very bland and you know how I love all things coconut!

Can I brag for a minute?  Or maybe 2 minutes?  John and I try to be efficient in things, save energy, keep the environment healthy, etc.  Last year we put in the new energy efficient windows in our house and now I think we are really reaping the benefits of them.  Check out our electric/gas assessment that came today for August:

National Grid compares customers to each other. Nothing like a little friendly competition, eh?  :mrgreen:

We were #16 on the list.  Now to get to the other 15 and turn their lights on during the day so we can get to #1!  😈

I think this is really due to not needing the downstairs air conditioner very much with the new windows because it blocks the UV rays so even though sunlight comes in, the heat does not.  Of course, we don’t use any gas in the summer, but we did note savings last winter! I have decided on a little conservation challenge to myself for October, too, which will be part of the monthly goals.

Another warm day here, upper 70s. That meant more of a summertime lunch today, but in a candy corn bowl.

This is 2% Fage,  flax meal, strawberries and a drizzle of honey.

The day kind of went by fast. I was surprised when John popped in asking about me wanting a latte. Why he ever even asks is beyond me (although I do sometimes want it with almond milk instead of regular).  I wanted a more exciting picture, so John did the “latte wave.”

Exciting? Hmmmm…. maybe not.

I did have this latte with some dried pineapple, which has made it back into the snack rotation.  That’s exciting, right?

Okay – something that truly is exciting? I have been having some emails come in back and forth today coordinating an event. Here are the titles to be a tease: “Stylist Confirmed“, “Hair & Makeup Stylist confirmed“, “Photographer confirmed“. Now how to lose 10 pounds by Monday haha!

I started work early today and worked through to dinner to keep cushioning my line count for the week. Yay!  Now I don’t have to worry about this week’s events making me lose money 😀 I am on a roll this week.

I was ready for dinner!

Sauteed shredded brussel sprouts, cubed up mango and chicken with GF barbecue sauce. I had another GF day going on!  No cravings. Go figure.

 

I am posting early tonight becuase we have to go out shopping for my niece’s birthday. She is turning 8.  Totally lost on shopping for an 8 year old.  Thank goodness I have a list, but finding things like Squinkies (??), zoobies (??) and children’s clothing is waaaaay out of the normal shopping for me.  Please give me water softeners and tulip bulbs  :mrgreen:

 

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19 thoughts on “I loves me some efficiency!

  1. Kimberley

    Love the efficiency! We don’t know how much we use as we live in an apartment and the cost is included in the rent.

    Yay to the candy corn bowl. John makes a lovely wave!

    Dried pineapple is so good!

    Funny how that works with the no cravings on GF days. I have been reading Wheat Belly and it is very informative.
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Goals Update and How I Spent My Summer Vacation

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Oooh, somebody’s going to appear in print! 🙂

    Kudos on the utility consumption! I will always be grateful to the old folks who owned my house before me for having storm windows. They’re older, but they do a great job of keeping the house warm or cool, as needed.
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..Lowrider: The Two-Wheel Ediiton

  3. debby

    Oh those views are beautiful!

    And you reminded me of some food I’ve been missing out on–the dried pineapples, mango and brussel sprouts. I have the first two right here in the house, and I actually haven’t been able to find any brussel sprouts at the store.
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  4. Fran

    Now I’m so curious about the event, another article in a magazine? We all know you deserve that. Look forward to hearing all about it.

    That view is absolutely stunning, it’s so beautiful where you live.

    I like it that you get a comparison of your neighbours on your bill. We pay a regular amount per month and once a year we get the final bill where we get a refund or have to pay more. Unfortunately we had to pay more this year but I think that’s because we had a really cold winter the year before.
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  5. Ali @ peaches and football

    Squinkies and zoobies are lost on me too! Thank goodness for lists!! 🙂

    Had to laugh, I bought some SoDelicious coffee creamer to swtich up my usual dairy creamer and I doubt I’ll even finish the carton. Not good at all. Maybe I could get used to it over time but my coffee is an indulgent treat so why go through all that?

    Congrats on being energy efficient! I love getting those in the mail too.

    Can’t wait to find out what’s going on. Another magazine article?? 🙂
    Ali @ peaches and football´s last blog post ..Busy Schoolgirl

  6. Helen

    I think your efficiency rating is fantastic considering you both work from home! Which would mean that you have “things” turned on when most other people do not.

    When I went to Toys R Us the other night I got so overwhelmed I went to the customer service desk and flat out said, “Get me some help or I’m leaving without buying anything!” LOLOL No knowledge or patience on my part I guess.
    Helen´s last blog post ..Spectacular!

  7. dawn

    Since we got our new AC/heat pump unit we are saving big bucks. I could just kick myself for not doing it sooner though. Hope you reach #1 but 16 sure isn’t bad 🙂 Beautiful pics, yea I’m missing more light hours in the evenings for sure. Guess it just means I’m back to the gym more too. I still need to make some of your breakfast bread pudding. Oh, I found pumpkin so have a little stock now for a bit 🙂
    dawn´s last blog post ..Therapy at the Ocean

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