I haven’t posted in over a week, because I’ve been busy with adjusting to life with an eight and nine year old boy in the house, and trying to finish up all the stuff with the house. Nearly everything has been cleaned and organized, but I still have to clean out and reorganize both of the downstairs closets in the front living room. One has been converted to a pantry, but the bottom half of it needs to be cleared out so that one more large shelf can be put into it. The other closet has been shoved full of items that I was trying to get out of the way whilst cleaning up all the other rooms. Yep. That’s how I roll when I am cleaning on a massive scale. All the things I can’t decide what to do with just yet get lumped into a pile someplace. In this instance I choose the closet for my “wasteland” area.
The first week living with my cousin and her boys was pretty hectic, but also fun. I’ve been doing dishes twice a day (my cousin has never been great at keeping up with dishes, but I CAN’T STAND a sink full of dishes) to keep up with keeping the kitchen tidy, so it’s a good thing that washing dishes is my favorite chore. (I know, I know, I am a psychopath because I love washin’ dishes) We are taking turns with dinner, and I must admit that I’m really enjoying having people to cook for.
Things I Like About My New Living Companions : It’s great having my cousin in the house to chat with, I like that there is another adult around to help me with the chores, All the grocery bills are shared as are the groceries (I don’t like it when groceries aren’t shared- it annoys me), It has been fun doing meal planning, Lali really loves it that Nevis plays with her all the time, Having other people in the house keeps me more motivated
Things That Need Work : My cousin moved in a lot of junky food with her- she keeps oreos, cheese nips, ice cream, chips, soda, pizza rolls, hot pockets, juice, etc. around “for the kids.” Ever notice how common it is for women with weight issues to blame some of it on their kids? Ya know, as if they simply have to feed their young children garbage? THANK GOD my cousin doesn’t do that! Her boys get good meals for dinner most of the time, and the snackier stuff gets eaten on the weekends. The two of us were talking about cutting out a lot of the garbagey stuff from our grocery shopping trips, because neither one of us have much money anyway. I think that juice, chips, cookies, frozen processed foods, ice cream, and soda don’t ever need to be kept in the house on a regular basis regardless of whether or not a person has kids, but that’s just my opinion. My cousin and I decided that we will do one special dessert (something home made) night a week on Fridays.
That is pretty much the only issue I have at all with my new living arrangement, and I think by November all of it will be worked out pretty well. The older boy, Tyler, has some behavioral/learning issues that need some attention, but I feel like that will get better with a little time as well. He will benefit a lot by having more stability, and a couple more positive adult influences in his life. I could fill up a whole blog about that subject, but I will save it for another time. There is a lot of back story involved.
I am starting a detox this evening (as of five p.m.) that will extend through Tuesday, and possibly even Wednesday and Thursday depending on how I am feeling about it. I want to flush my system for at least one day, because I have been eating so poorly for most of the last six weeks that I have been back in Wisconsin. The last week has been better as far as getting in healthy foods, but I was still sneaking in too much junky stuff that I normally don’t eat. I intend to do the master cleanse every Monday, and wish for this to be a permanent change to my weekly routine. I am a big believer in the health benefits of fasting, and think that a one day fast every week will do a lot to improve my health and energy level overall.
Jecca is excited to start working out in the mornings, and hopefully we will begin doing morning workouts together this week. I am sure that it will take a couple of weeks to really drill the schedule and routine into our heads, but I am confident that by November we can get in at least four morning workouts a week. She needs to get a pair of two or three pound hand weights to do the twenty two minute upper body workout that I like, (it’s on you tube “pilates upper body sculpting”) but we can do Jane Fonda together.
Friday Chris came over for dinner, and he ended up staying until Sunday afternoon (had to go home for a meeting). I will keep my crushy ramblings to a minimum if possible. On Saturday I made him waffles (first time that I have EVER made waffles) with the waffle attachment for my George Foreman grill. Since it was my maiden waffle voyage I decided to google some pointers on how to make waffles with a George Foreman grill, and I am glad that I did. The Foreman makes awesome waffles, though they are very large and one is enough for a normal human. The first pair of waffles that I made I gave to Tyler, and I totally wasn’t thinking about portion size at all. I plopped both humongous waffles onto a plate and handed them to him. One of those waffles is practically the size of a notebook. You could use a George Foreman waffle as a plate for healthier breakfast items. For realsies! Tyler picked apart both, but collectively only ate one waffle. Thank jeepers that Lali is around to suck up any and all leftovers. She got a waffle and a half for breakfast, and her little tummy was pooching out all ridiculous-like. The pup has been getting soooo many leftovers lately that many days she won’t eat any dog food. Don’t worry, she gets a healthy balance of leftover salad, veggies, potatoes, pastas, and bits of meat; she doesn’t only receive syrupy waffles. (I’d love to be making the kind of money I used to have back in the days when I made all the pet food myself)
Out of the blue Chris decided that we should go to Toys ‘R’ Us on Saturday. We discussed lazer tag, Nerf guns, and gaming systems in great depth, and laughed like hyenas while goofing around with the toys. We ended up going to the mall, having dinner, and then renting a couple of movies. Did you guys know that there is a movie called “Sharktopus”? Well, there is. Allow me to change your lives forever with this incredibly hilarious picture of a sharktopus. Prepare to have your brainship wrecked by a wave of awesome!!
<——-Ah, yes, here be the mighty man eating beastie
So we couldn’t rent the inevitably awful horror movie “Sharktopus” because some other clown had rented the terrible thing, but we did rent a movie called “Rogue” (mainly because Radha Mitchell is in it, and I really like her) with a killer crocodile nom nom noming down tourists. We determined that a sequel should be made combining both movie themes, and it would be called “Sharktopus vs. Octodile.” Yes. That is how I spend Saturday nights sometimes. Go ahead and pretend not to be jealous. Ha ha.
On Sunday I made french toast for Chris, and he was puzzled when I did not make any for myself. I smiled and told him it was time for me to draw the line and get back to my normal eating habits. For breakfast I normally have a greek yogurt (or a boiled egg), one piece of whole wheat high fiber bread, and grilled or steamed vegetables leftover from dinner the night before. If I am ravenous I might throw in an apple or a banana. Honestly, I am not crazy about pancakes, waffles, and french toast, so I have no problem not eating them, but I was having cheesy omelettes a tad too frequently… Since the fella prefers pancakes, waffles, and french toast over the breakfast foods that I like (eggs over easy, biscuits and gravy, omelettes with lots of cheese and onions, chicken fried steak) I will make him the sugary stuff and stick to my plain and boring breakfasts. Dang it though - that guy can eat like a horse and stay all trim. No fricken fair, Kenny Rogers. No fricken fair.