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After the snow

One nice thing about big storms, whether they be snow or rain, is how clear and clean the sky is the next day.


Perfect morning for banana breakfast bread pudding, too, don’t you think?


Today felt like a relaxing day.  Normally I really struggle to work on Fridays for whatever reason. Maybe because it is Friday, but also the doctors that usually dictate on Fridays are the more difficult ones and makes production hard.  However, today was not the case there.

Work was a bit slow in the early afternoon and I visited Billy for a while.  He loves the lap.  He jumps into my lap and bites my chin (not hard) before settling down. Not sure what the heck is up with that.


There were some people interested in adopting Billy, but then they decided that they weren’t ready for adoption right now, so Billy is back on the wagon.  Better that these people figured this out ahead of time than after they got a cat, right?   There is another adoption event at the mall in a couple weeks, so he will go to that if no one calls in the meantime.

While the workshop is not as nice as being in our house, at least Billy is safe and warm out there (it’s heated).  Beats living on the streets.  I think he likes it:


John was pulling snow off the workshop roof when I was out there.  The snow slides off our house roof because it is slate, but the shop is asphalt and we bought a snow rake to keep  from getting a heavy pile up on it.


The snow melts and forms an ice dam right over this door, which is really annoying.  Hence we are removing as much snow as we can.

I feel better that the garden is now tucked away under an insulating blanket of snow.  Hopefully I won’t lose so many bulbs this year.


John and I then did what has become our Friday afternoon tradition of playing hooky for a while and going out for coffee!


It was nice to get out of the house after being cooped up since Wednesday.

Eats have been good again today.  I will have a small piece of The Cake tonight – the last piece, actually.  It’s in my calorie budget for the day.

I was out taking out the garbage and saw the beautiful moon with a hazy ring around it.


So pretty.

This will be a laid back weekend.  I need to do a 2012 round up post as well.  It’s always good to reminisce.

Being productive

Saturday John and I brought Billy to the mall for an adoption event.  It was very crowded.  It felt really weird seeing business as usual  and how life continues to go on knowing how the people in CT had their lives turned upside down.

There were 5 kitties at the adoption event sponsored by the group that is helping me to rehome Billy.  This event is to get the kitties out in view for people to see and to help raise money for the group.  No kitties actually go to new homes at the event because they have to fill out applications and such.  There was interest in Billy, so we will see if anyone calls to start the adoption process.  He deserves a good home.

He handled it pretty well, although he was not the big purr machine that he is at home.  I wish he had been his super friendly self, but at least he wasn’t hissing and freaking out.  He was just quiet.  As soon as we got home with him, he came right out of the carrier and was rolling around and purring  🙄

John took me out for lunch for my football meal (finally!) while Billy was doing his thing.  I chose Rockhill Bakehouse.  Beverage of sparkling water by a pretty Christmas flower.

I had the grown up grilled cheese, which is one of my favorite sandwiches there.  Grilled cheese with pesto on semolina bread.

I chose an apple as my side instead of chips – go me!

I bought something fun at the mall.  I finished up the last bit of Christmas shopping, too.  May as well finish it there when I had to pick Billy up to make dealing with all those crowds worthwhile, seeing as you all know how much I love crowds.  Anyway, I bought nail polish!  Look how festive!

Now I can sing Goldfinger and mean it  :mrgreen:

I also found something at Target I thought was just an internet rumor:

I’ve been trying to find these for a couple years and lo and behold – there they were!  So I got them.  I kind of like them, too.  For a poptart anyway.

I had to show you a picture of one of our favorite places to go.  This is Coffee Planet, which opened about a year ago.  They have another location in Ballston Spa, which is 20 miles from us, so we don’t go there too often.  It felt so homey in there this weekend.  I would love a living room like this.

Sitting in here is so cozy and wonderful.

This was  a weekend where I got so much done.  Don’t you love times like that?  I did deep cleaning (monthly goal), finished Christmas shopping *and* got all the presents wrapped, freed up a slow moving drain, lots of laundry and some good relaxing in (Go Broncos!!).

Today’s ornament:

This is another one that I made.  I need to do these again.

Tomorrow is a busy day and some snow coming, too.

Lori to the rescue and FoodBuzz noms!

Dinner out tonight, so I wanted to do a longer run  to assist with that LOL.  Fueled up with some POM coffee.  This is good for fuel.  Goes down easy and has 7 grams of protein!


Wish I could report on how well it lasted because my run got waylaid by this after 2 miles:


Found this little guy on the side of the road, very cold and weak.  I noticed a tiny puff on the ground as I was jogging.  At first I thought he was dead, but as I got next to him, he lifted his head and tried to get up.  So – I of course had to stop the run and bring him home.  He perked right up and found his voice after some mush food and warmth.  I don’t know if he wandered from someone’s house or if he was dumped.  He is about 4 weeks old and too small to have gone far on his own.  He is pretty dirty, so I am thinking he was unwanted 🙁  or just feral.  If he was owned by someone, he is in terrible shape.

Anyone want a kitten?  We can’t keep him – it’s bad enough to have the one we do with John being allergic.  Local no-kill shelter is full.  I’m trying hard to find him a home.

That cut my run short, so I just stayed in for breakfast.  The Silver Palate oats again, this time cooked with a banana.


Love these!  They are halfway between rolled oats and steel cut.

I ended up going out before lunch after I finished my files to do the rest my run.  I did 3 miles the 2nd time, so somewhere around 5 to 5.5 miles today. How’s that for dedication?  😀

If you haven’t seen the FoodBuzz blog nominations, please feel free to nominate my blog if you like 😀

I’ve been feeling great about my lifestyle this month.  I am doing well towards my personal challenge and it feels good.  It’s funny how when you are a much lower weight a few pound loss really is noticeable – whereas when I was 250 pounds, you couldn’t tell.

So, John and I do football picks each week, and the loser of the picks has to buy the winner dinner out.  I lost this week (by 1 game), and John’s pick was Raul’s Mexican.


This place does not give free chips and salsa (thank you!!).  So we started by splitting a quesadilla:


All the meat is grilled here and has a wonderful flavor.  I had the Oaxacan tacos, which was grilled chicken, caramelized onions, mole sauce and lettuce and soft shell.  A bit of sour cream on top.  So delicious and flavorful!


John had fish tacos, and the fish of the day was swordfish (also grilled)


We walked around town for a while as it was an art walk.  Then we stopped for a coffee – and I managed to not have any of the baked goods!


Got home and fed the little guy.  For a tiny thing, he has a big mouth with constant meowing.  I hope he makes it.


Fellow first time triathlete coming up!  Wish PTG good luck!

Nice weekend

Had a nice day on Saturday. Managed to not go crazy with the eating, and stayed within a reasonable calorie range. Surprised about that, that’s for sure!

Today, had breakfast out. Going well with subbing my own meals for NS meals. I try to do about 1 meal on my own per day. It hasn’t hurt my weight loss for the last 2 weeks, hope it keeps up. I am becoming concerned with the amount of sodium I am eating. NS foods alone put me close to the max of 2400, and any add ins I eat push me over. When I log days with a meal on my own, my sodium count is always below 2400. But, that’s processed food for you.

Today, Moxie the stray kitty went to her new home. I am very sad, she had some trouble wanting to go in the carrier, and we stressed her out. So, I am sad *and* worried about her. She is just so sweet, and had such a hard life.
We went out for coffee after, and I had a few bites of DH’s brownie. Silly how a confection can be so soothing.