I’ve been super busy in my craft room the last week or so, and have sucked at tracking the last few days, but I still managed a 0.9 pound loss for last week, despite having friends over Saturday night and grilling, and I’m still here. I ate more than I should have, and something really stood out to me as I was finishing my dinner. In the past, I not only would have piled my plate high, but I would have gone back for seconds. Last night I took a moderate portion of the potatoes I fixed, 2 chicken thighs (one was tiny), and some green beans. We had had flautas (spelling?) as an appetizer before the meal, and I think I ate three of them. But what struck me the hardest was that I hadn’t eaten half of what I used to eat and I was stuffed.
Yesterday I stitched up a new top/dress, which while my fabric choice wasn’t exactly right, the end result was fantastic and I love how it looks. I can see this piece becoming a staple in my wardrobe and will be making this one again for sure. You can read more about this project here.
Last night our neighbors decided to play music and party it up until 3:30 in the morning, so I did a lot of reading last night waiting for them to settle down and kill the noise for the night.
Today I managed to eat fairly well, and while I haven’t tracked anything yet today, I feel like I did well aside from the popcorn I had after dinner. That wasn’t the best choice, but otherwise I think I did well with dinner being a plate of chicken breast chunks, bacon, and asparagus. There’s still one serving of the potatoes left from Saturday night, which I’ll probably have or breakfast tomorrow.
This afternoon I took on my next sewing project, which was a new purse for myself. The pattern was modified from one I already had tested out, and while there were a few things that I feel needed adjusting after the fact, I think it turned out quite well. You can see it here. I might make this one again using some of my otherwise not so useful fabric cuts to stick in my shop later but not sure yet. It turned out to use more fabric than I expected but still wasn’t terrible on consumption.
Anyway, not much else to share tonight, and wanted to check in, so see you all next time, hopefully tomorrow!
I won’t lie. The scale is up today, but it was fully expected and I was not surprised at all. Saturday night we got together with Tracy & David at Jami and Jason’s house for my birthday. There was much snacking, tacos for dinner, and a birthday cake. I’ve never had an actual birthday cake before, and it was so cute! It was white with blue and green polka dots, with a big blue fondant bow on top. I may have served everyone gigantic slices so there’d be less for me to eat later on- I was thinking ahead! Or maybe I just suck at cake cutting. That’s possible too.
I also decided to have fun and wear some fun stuff that day. I mixed my decades horribly, with an 1980′s top and a 1950′s skirt, with a belt tying it all together. Shoes were boring tennies, but I wanted happy feet, not feet that were crying out for release from their treacherous shoes all evening. I also wore jewelry I made specifically for me, which almost never happens. It was a necklace and earring set I made using some of the beads I bought from Michael’s with my gift card the other week and they turned out really cute. I don’t normally like necklaces, but I like this one quite a bit.
I sent this photo of my to Alix and her only comment was that my neck looks skinny… lol. My neck does look skinny in this pic, which I find weird. I’ve never had a skinny neck in my life. Maybe its someone else’s neck photobombing me?
Now, over the last week food was mostly good save for one evening when I actually got up, drove to the store, bought Ben & Jerry’s, and then proceeded yo eat the entire pint in one go. That obviously was not a good move, but its not one I’ll be repeating any time soon. I also made brownies one night, but it was a tiny pan so there wasn’t a lot of damage to be done by them. And now the birthday festivities are over, and there’s no reason for me to veer way off course again, so its time to get it back together again.
I’m actually writing this post mid-day Sunday. Its a catch-up post as much as anything else, and I’m just tossing stuff out there. Breakfast today was a bacon and zucchini scramble, and coffee. I must have coffee. Well, maybe not must, but its a nice way to start the day.
I’m not sure what I’ll be fixing for dinner tonight- I do have something written down but I haven’t looked to see what it is yet- but hopefully I will still manage to make a good choice and start this week off right. All in all though, its been a good weekend!
Merry Christmas friends! I had a hard time falling asleep last night, because around midnight, it started thinking like a little kid, not wanting to fall asleep waiting for Santa. Silly, I know, but it happens a lot on Christmas Eve. I finally nodded off about 3:40am, and at 9:30 woke up because my phone kept buzzing and I just couldn’t sleep any longer. I got up, and staggered into the living room.
Mattie and I exchanged gifts, and he seems to be pretty happy with his. Some of them were more practical then fun, but its all stuff he either wanted or needed. I had gotten him fancy foot cream, nail clippers, a new coffee mug to replace his black one he broke a few months ago with the soft kitty song from The Big Bang Theory printed on one side, 2 of the graphic novels he’s been wanting, a bacon history and cookbook, and a card game called Man Bites Dog. He was a little confused why I would buy him a mug with a kitty on it since he is not a cat person until I told him to turn it around and look at the other side.
I finally got to open mine, since he’s been teasing me for months about it, and I love it. I had an idea of what it was, partially because of hints he dropped, and partially because the box it shipped in had the company name printed on it hugely. He got me a really nice, really pretty cue stick, and a case to carry it in. Its a pretty fucking awesome gift, and while he was joking that he didn’t come anywhere near giving what I did to him, he got me some really awesome things, while I got him a mess of small things.
I baked the banana bread muffins this afternoon, making a double batch, and ending up with 24 muffins. I really did overfill the tins a bit, and should have probably made 28, but no matter- they are just tall muffins. They turned out really well, and after packing up six each for Mattie’s dad and brother, we had five leftover.
Dinner was buffalo steaks, chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta salad, and green beans. I had the steak, chicken, sweet potatoes, and pasta salad, and for dessert we had coconut cream pie. We have one big piece of pie left, but I’m leaving that be for Mattie. I don’t feel like I need more pie and he’s more than welcome to have it.
We did our gift exchanges, and I ended up with a bottle of for lack of better wording, chocolate milk wine that Geoff has saw me scoping out one day weeks ago on his Facebook wall, and a gift card from their dad. I’m really looking forward to the booze! :p
Now, some of you might not know, but I have been on the lookout for a tablet that isn’t overly expensive, runs Android, and has a decent battery life. I mostly just want it for reading, not much else, and a 7″ one is fine. That’s quite a bit more screen real estate than I have on my phone, which is my main reason for wanting one. Anyway, I looked at Kindles. I looked at the Nexus 7. I looked at of-brand tablets. Everything I looked at had problems save for the most expensive ones, which of course, are out of my price range. I briefly looked at Nook, but found they run an outdated version of Android and are really limited in what they can do.
Then, pretty much at random, I struck gold while reading reviews. A company makes what they call an N2A card. N2A stands for Nook to Android. It basically lets you take your Nook, pop the card into its SD expansion slot, and create a dual-boot from the card that runs a much more recent version of Android. Then instead of running the Nook’s base software, you’ve got a much more recent version of Android and its full-fledged. That suddenly changed my opinion of the Nook into one of favor. I ended up ordering a Nook HD, and an N2A card. There’s also the benefit of going from 8GB of storage to 16GB with the card, which is more than enough for books and the like. I’m really looking forward to it arriving to say the least. :) I also ordered an new ebook I had been wanting while I was at it.
After dinner was over, we all watched Despicable Me 2, and then Geoff and their dad took off. The Despicable Me movies are so cute, and the second one is hilarious. I cannot recommend them enough. After that we headed to bed, which was something I was ready for, since I woke up so early Christmas morning.
Whoa! I initially had this post listed as day 900 which is really not right. Of course it took me twenty minutes of scrolling through older posts to see where I went wrong, and saw about 6 posts back I had jumped forward in numbers by 100! Whoops! I knew I couldn’t be at day 900 already! O.O
Its been a whole week since I posted, and things have been okay. Food has been less than stellar, but I feel like I’ve been somewhat productive around the house and actually have been getting things done. I did several loads of laundry, and cleared out a section of the linen closet to be able to put the sheets and pillowcases we got from Alix and Will away as I finally got them washed. I put everything I washed away, and I vacuumed the house three times I think, as well as did some dusting. I cleaned the bathroom, which was in desperate need of being cleaned, and I went shopping today (see next tab) for the week’s groceries as well as for the extra stuff we need for Christmas.
I told my mom I would handle the sweet potatoes for dinner at her house Christmas Eve, since she said she still needed to get some and its just as easy for me to make them and take them out there to be reheated for dinner. If I make enough we can have the leftovers for dinner here Christmas night. I bought three big sweet potatoes, so there should be plenty.
Right now we’re looking at buffalo steaks on the grill, mashed potatoes, and green beans, but its a holiday meal so damn it we should have a ton of food! I am thinking about making macaroni salad, and I’m definitely making two loaves of banana bread for Christmas day, and will be sending plenty home with his dad and brother afterwards. We’ve already got a huge streudel cake here and tons of cookies, both given to us by friends. I highly doubt we need more junk food hanging around the house right now, but Mattie decided we needed to get a pie as well.
I know I really, really need to get back on board with tracking, but with all the goodies in the house right now its so hard! Its an excuse, I know. I think we are going to give some of the desserts we have hanging around to the neighbors though to get them out of here faster. There’s just too much for us to reasonably eat on our own.
This week’s grocery haul was a good one, with tons of good stuff, and very little junk. Some of the shopping was extra because of Christmas coming up, but it wasn’t that different from any other grocery day. Mattie sent me to the store with the items he was going to buy and some cash, and I picked them up too.
Fruits & Veggies $23.48
- Cucumber $0.58
- Green Beans (0.91 lbs @ $0.68/lb) $0.62
- Broccoli (0.75 lbs @ $1.28/lb) $0.96
- Potatoes (5 lbs) $1.47
- Salad Mix (2) $3.16
- Celery $0.68
- Sweet Potatoes (3.41 lbs @ $0.98/lb) $3.34
- Tomatoes (1.37 lbs @ $2.48/lb) $3.40
- Winco Raisins $1.79
- Dole Fruit Cups (2 @ $1.98) $3.96
- Pink Lady Apples (1.98 lbs @ $1.78/lb) $3.52
- Chicken Thighs $7.55
- Bar-S Bacon $2.98
- Chicken Breasts $10.58
Frozen Foods $12.86
- Tony’s Frozen Sandwiches (3 @ $1.48) $4.44
- Lean Cuisine (4) $8.42
Dairy & Ova $12.26
- Butter $2.48
- Eggs (18) $2.88
- Baby Bel White Cheddar $3.28
- Umpqua Vanilla Bean Ice Cream $3.62
- White Sugar $1.68
- Winco Seasoned Bread Crumbs $1.07
- HyTop Brown Rice $1.32
- Ken’s Salad Dressing $2.62
- Campbell’s Soup $0.75
- Winco Olive Oil $3.21
- Baking Cups $0.78
- Martinelli Sparkling Cider (3 @ $1.98 each) $6.24
Total Haul $87.38
I feel like this was a good haul partially because more than 60% of it was on things that are good for us to eat, but also because I got a lot of stuff for not much more than I normally spend. I also was able to use a new app that I recently found, and I love it. ListOn Free lets you make a grocery list, which lots of apps do, but it also lets you keep a running total of how much money everything already in your cat adds up to, as well as how much everything on your list to begin with adds up to. Its a really awesome little thing, and while before I used to carry a scrap of paper and round off how much I was spending, this makes it even easier, and more precise. I will probably be paying to go ad-free on this on to support the developer because it really is a perfect app for me and when I am shopping.