Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat Feb 4 - Feb 10




BillBlueEyes
02-04-2013, 05:48 AM
Off to go birding on the North Shore of Boston this morning. There should be many ducks on the ocean - Harlequins are my favorite winter duck with their wild colors appropriate for their name. It'll be a test of my winter base layers since the outdoor temp reads 20 degrees Fahrenheit right now. I own enough clothes to stay both warm and dry. It's a matter of wearing (or packing) them instead of being overly optimistic thinking it'll stay warm and not rain.

I need summer. This winter business means I'm indoors more and indoors is where the food lives. February is a long month.


Mudpie
02-04-2013, 06:48 AM
Enjoy your birding outing Bill. Hope you see lots if interesting fowl :chicken: LOL and stay warm and dry.

The house lists today. I am excited :dizzy: and sad at the same time. It was my family home almost all my life, and I get a bit scared at the prospect of not having it there any more. And it'll be hard throwing out the rest of my parents stuff when I accept the offer to buy. I'm also kinda scared there will be no offers and then what the heck do I do? My realtors assure me it will sell.

Then there will be a new house (my first ever that I own) with new adventures and, eventually, a DOG! :D

Dagmar :eek: :dance:

ICUwishing
02-04-2013, 08:10 AM
Bill - agreed. February is a long drudge. The best year I can remember is the one where we scheduled a long weekend for a quick trip to the Caribbean toward the end of February. A dose of warm sand and sun and salt water was all I needed to make it to spring. Wishing you joyful birding! My fave is the male wood duck ... but I've never had the good fortune to see a harlequin in the wild. :)

Dagmar - good luck with the house sale! It sounds like a springboard to a lot of things in life that you've been patiently waiting for. It's your turn - I know it!

Hoping for a mellow week. I am working on wedging real exercise into my schedule, finally, so it would be helpful if there were no upsets while I get some new habits established.


CherryPie99
02-04-2013, 09:43 AM
Good morning all!

Like the rest of you I am ready for spring to break! I've had enough of freezing my butt day after day and dreading walks with the dogs rather then enjoying them!

Dagmar, I can totally understand feeling a bit melancholy about selling the home. But I am sooooo excited for you too! There is no feeling like owning your own house for the first time! And I can't wait to see the doggie you get!!

I wanted to carry over what Chris posted yesterday from last weeks's thread:

Nothing wrong with our striving, but I find I need to ask, "If I get what I'm striving for, will it give me what I really want?" In my life what I really want is peace, love, all the things that require no effort at all. When after striving I lose weight or maintain an ideal weight I do feel relief and a certain satisfaction course, but my successes and strivings are not really where I find true happiness! So I hope something nice, like watching a mindless football game with friends or family, comes along today for all of us, where we all can just enjoy this moment.

This hit me like a hammer between the eyes when I read it yesterday Chris and I want to so thank you for it! My weight has been well controlled and I decided that while watching the Superbowl I was going to eat food that I normally forbid myself, so I bought some pizza and wings from Walmart.

I then ran 9 miles on the treadmill yesterday and afterwards started doubting my plan to eat the pizza and began engaging in the internal debate with myself which almost always ends with me berating myself with words like "fat pig".

I then read this and was able to completely change my thinking - my weight does not define my happiness and one day of being naughty is ok - really it is. I watched the game, enjoyed the pizza and wings, and am actually only up less then 2 pounds this morning from where I was yesterday morning.

Being thin is a wonderful new adventure for me, but I still want to love food and throw caution to the wind at times!

bargoo
02-04-2013, 09:56 AM
Went to church yesterday AM and watched the Super Bowl in the afternoon. I was sorry to see SF lose but proud of them just the same, it is an outstanding achievement to make it to the Super Bowl.I just got aa cold chill when the Sandy Hook children sang and Jennifer Hudson was wonderful singing with them. I don't pay a lot of attention to the ads but I loved the one "And God Made Farmers" for Dodge Ram.
Oh, yes my weight moved upwards, too by 1.4 pounds.

alinnell
02-04-2013, 10:31 AM
Oh, yes, the Ram commercial was a sure winner. Anything that makes me cry, I guess.

We had a nice weekend. Saturday morning was filled with errands here and there and then some fish tacos for lunch before heading out for golf. A light dinner afterward. Sunday started with golf and ended with the Superbowl and a light dinner. Dinner both nights was soup--tomato bisque Saturday and broccoli cheese on Sunday. Yum. I'd say the soup was good for the cool weather but we were up in the high 70's both days! Cloudy but warm.

Back to work today and we start packing and moving this week. Most of the repairs have been completed and the alarm guy is working on the alarm and wiring for phones and computers this week. After that, it'll be up to us to get all moved in. Today we get our trash bins. How exciting!

With it being Monday, we also start on our diet again. Although I've been watching what I've been eating and doing quite well on it, I really need to dedicate myself from here on until my birthday. I'd really like to see 10 pounds (or more, if possible) off by then.

So I've been using My Fitness Pal for tracking food and exercise. It recommended that I eat 1400 calories a day to lose about 1/2 a pound a week, but when you add your exercise in, it adjusts the calories so you're allowed to eat a few more calories. I don't know if I agree with it completely, so I'll continue to strive for 1400.

paperclippy
02-04-2013, 10:49 AM
Bill, do you ever take photos of the birds? I'd love to see some. :) This time of year my favorite thing to see in our yard is big fat robins. There have been a bunch of them perched on the railing of our little deck or in our crabapple tree, and they look so funny and adorable when they puff themselves up to stay warm!

Dagmar, good luck with selling the house! DH likes to say when people worry about not being able to sell a house, that any house will sell if you offer the right price. If it's not selling after a while, I'm sure your realtors will adjust the price accordingly until it does. And I totally understand wanting the house and dog. We bought a house when we did mostly because I really wanted a dog!

Becky, winter is much better when you have a vacation somewhere warm planned. :) We're not going anywhere this year, but I like to schedule trips to visit my parents in LA for the end of Feb/beginning of March. It's miserable here that time of year but absolutely gorgeous in LA.

Cherry, I'm glad you managed to overcome your internal debate and enjoy your evening!

Saef, to pull forward from last week's thread, I hope you managed to find something to take pleasure in this weekend. I have to admit, as a non-religious person, that the whole "striving and then you die" thing has never bothered me. Since I don't believe in an afterlife, I try to enjoy the things I have in this life. Sure, sometimes it's hard and sometimes I get in a funk, but if you add up all the great little things, I think it's worth it. If you're still feeling down, maybe a call to your therapist might help?

Megan, to answer your question from last week, it's pretty much doctor's orders. Everything is healthy so far but like Andrea said, the risks for preterm labor with twins are higher so they are more cautious. I'm approved for walking and prenatal yoga, and I'm not supposed to start anything else without getting doctor approval first. I'm pretty sure they'd okay something like water aerobics, but that's about it. The general rule is to not do anything too strenuous, and if whatever I do makes anything hurt, stop immediately. Mentally, it's frustrating, but on the other hand, I'm not really physically capable of doing much at the moment.

I did make it to prenatal yoga yesterday after missing the past few weeks because of my lingering cold. Being around other pregnant women is kind of hilarious for me because my belly is about the same size as the women who are due next month, except that I've got almost five months to go.

We watched part of the super bowl last night, then went to sleep early. DH is a little disappointed that he missed the best parts of the game, but he says he'd rather be well-rested this morning and watch the highlight reels than have stayed up late and been exhausted today.

In other news, there might be a leak in our master bathroom somewhere. DH has all these plans about cutting open the drywall to find out what's wrong. I am kind of like, why don't we just hire someone to do this for us? I mean, I get that DH is trying to save money, but as much as I love him, he's really not much of a handyman.

ChrisMohr
02-04-2013, 10:50 AM
At Super Bowl family gathering I enjoyed chicken nachos, chicken wings, brownies, sour cream apple pie, ice cream, beef nachos, puffed pastry olive/cheese things, various cheesy dips, etc. Today and for the rest of this week I will enjoy enjoy weighing, measuring, etc. After an evening like last night I find myself actually craving kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, salad, etc!

saef
02-04-2013, 11:17 AM
Since I don't follow football at all, I didn't even know until this morning which teams had even played in the Superbowl.

I went to the gym yesterday, then to Manhattan, where I watched two movies in a row at the same theater: a documentary film about a Palestinian farmer & his family living on the Gaza Strip, "Five Broken Cameras," and also "A Royal Affair," an 18th century costume drama set in Denmark, about a love triangle between adulterous queen, an insane king and a German doctor influenced by the Enlightenment. Both of those are Academy Award nominees, and so yes, I'm continuing my "game" of trying to see nearly all the nominees.

My weekend was overshadowed by worries about the coming work week. This is when "being in the moment" would be a big help. I try to remind myself of that on occasion: Just do what you're doing, don't think about all the things you still have to do and haven't gotten to yet.

Honestly I don't know what I want. Well, physical safety, for one thing. (And the zoning board votes on the flood wall in two weeks.) Peace of mind.

traveling michele
02-04-2013, 11:20 AM
We had a fantastic weekend (except for my lingering cold which is finally 80% gone). Dh and I thoroughly enjoyed our little getaway to Napa to celebrate his 50th birthday. Way too much food (and wine for him) and I'm up 4 pounds today (we were only gone 24 hours roughly!!). Back to the grindstone.....

My dh got a very strange gift from his parents. They shipped it to us and I had a note from FedEx that I had to pick it up in person (since I wasn't home when they tried to deliver). It said someone over 21 had to sign so I assumed it was wine. The box was VERY large and oblong. I had taken the mini cooper to pick it up and it was quite a fiasco trying to fit it in the car. Father in law said we would never guess what was inside. We sure wouldn't have. When dh finally opened it yesterday, we found an antique (very large) rifle inside. Dh remembered it from his childhood--- it had been his grandfather's grandfather's gun. Very interesting but not sure what we're going to do with it. Dh wants to put it over the fireplace! I had my girls play 20 questions to guess what it was and dd guessed a gun after about 5 guesses-- I have no idea how she figured it out!

We loved the Super Bowl but we were bummed that SF lost. My favorite commercial was the one in the library!!

Hope everyone has a great (and somewhat warm) week!

krampus
02-04-2013, 02:04 PM
The best ad IMO was the PSY nuts ad! Beating a dead horse.

Starting this week 3.8 lb up from my Friday WI. Key West this Friday! I can't wait to eat fish and fruit. Key Lime pie is a fruit, right?

I placed a ridiculously expensive order for some "sumo" citrus fruits from Harry & David. "Sumo" are "dekopon" in Japan and I LIVED for dekopon season all three years I lived there - I would drop $6 per fruit when they started dropping out of stores. Oh well. Some people have a family or nice handbags, I have...fruit.

Sheila53
02-04-2013, 03:03 PM
Some people have a family or nice handbags, I have...fruit.

Krampus, :lol: about the fruit. Any fruit pie is considered fruit in my mind.

Bill, we have a great park where I live that has a lot of waterfowl, including harlequin ducks. In the fall especially, people are in the park taking photos of all the birds. It's the most popular spot to take family photos for Christmas cards. The other parks have Canada geese--so many geese that they're trying a program where people can let their dogs loose to chase them. Geese droppings foul lots of parks and business campuses, noticed them even at my church yesterday.

Dagmar, good luck with the house sale. We sold my family home about 8 years ago. We purchased it new in 1957--watched it being built from our home across the street. It can be a bit sad, but you can really look forward to getting something that you choose. I'm excited for you!

Saef. I hope today is going well. Peace of mind is always a good goal. Living in the moment is hard. I know my mind tends to wander to the future or past. My meditation mantra should be "Be here now."

Chris, Superbowl food porn! Luckily, only one day.

We really weren't intending to watch the Superbowl, but ended up watching a bit of the 2nd quarter and then the rest of it. My favorite ad was the Tide commercial. I didn't have a stake in the game, however, we decided to root for the Ravens because my DH is from Maryland and because we have friends who are Ravens fans. The last part of the 4th quarter was quite a nailbiter. Did anyone catch Flacco's little language slip after the game was over? He wasn't facing the camera so I'm sure he didn't know he was being recorded. Nice to know he thought winning was "f***ing awesome!"

Most of Sunday was spent doing little things to the house to get it ready to sell in the spring. We changed out two old light fixtures, using ones we got from Home Depot. When we got almost to the end of putting the first one up, we discovered a missing part. My DH went back to HD, and had the associate make sure the missing part was in the new box. I got ready to install the second light, and decide to count all the parts. That box was missing the grounding screw. Aarrgghh! DH went back to HD, and said "my wife said you guys should give us this light for free because of all the trips I've had to make." They gave him 50% off instead of free. Moral: always check through the box fto make sure everything is in there before you leave the store.

alinnell
02-04-2013, 03:30 PM
On the subject of fowl, I do love some birds! The snowy egrets and herons at the golf course are so interesting to watch as they fly so beautifully. There is another white bird, much smaller than the egret, as well. But then there are the Canada geese, coots and some sort of duck (not mallards which used to congregate on the course) that are more of a nuisance. Poop everywhere! And then they take off en masse and you wonder if you'll be "bombed."

Krampus~what is the difference between the dekupon and a tangelo? They look very similar except perhaps the size?

Dagmar~good luck with the sale of the house. I wonder if my kids ever feel homesick for our first house (I know I don't!). My Dad still has my childhood house and I wonder how I'll feel when we need to sell it.

I found out yesterday that my sister and BIL are going to SLC in a few weeks (when my brother and SIL return from Japan) and the four of them are going to "rearrange" my Dad's house. Essentially they'll be moving his stuff from the basement upstairs to the two spare bedrooms and then moving the beds down to the downstairs bedrooms. My niece and her friend are going to live there this summer while on break from the University, so it'll be their place of respite.

krampus
02-04-2013, 04:20 PM
I can't wait to visit FL and see southeastern fowl for the first time - I hope I see a roseate spoonbill though I'm sure I won't.

alinnell, I think (according to Wikipedia) Dekopon are hybrids of two specific also-hybrid citrus fruits, "kiyomi" and "ponkan." Tangelos are tangerines and pomelos and are bigger.

traveling michele
02-04-2013, 05:55 PM
Did anyone catch Flacco's little language slip after the game was over? He wasn't facing the camera so I'm sure he didn't know he was being recorded. Nice to know he thought winning was "f***ing awesome!"
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I totally caught that. Another player also said something not as severe that I heard too-- can't remember now-- but I wondered how many youngsters heard their idols swearing-- quite a shame actually.

alinnell
02-04-2013, 06:01 PM
Krampus~we were in Key West a few weeks back. We took a walking pub crawl (not too expensive, you get 7 drinks and a t-shirt and a lot of interesting information about the place). They stopped us at Kermit's Key Lime Pie shop--everything there has key lime in it! I bought some dipping oils that are so flavorful. One is a jalapeno cilantro and the other chili chipotle. Very good on small chunks of bread.

Megan1982
02-05-2013, 09:39 AM
Some people have a family or nice handbags, I have...fruit.

Sometimes I feel this way when I go to the city and insist I stop at a certain store that is out of my way to get a particular kind of yogurt, or yes, "the good grocery store" to get my fruit. Those items in particular come to mind. I can relate.

As you said, it's not as if you're spending a huge amount of money on some frivolous item. Good fruit is important! :D

This morning I went to put my lunch in my lunch bag. The tupperware felt lighter than when I packed it, and it looked like there was something whitish on my leftover shrimp creole from the outside. What? Sure enough, BF ate it last night (with Ranch - the whitish stuff) and I'm stuck with no time left to prep anything else and eating the same pork for lunch and for dinner today. I mentally recognize this is NBD. Emotionally, I'm irritated. I hosted book club last night so have stayed up late 2 nights in a row and my sleep-deprived brain can't handle this kind of curveball. Is it Friday yet?

Krampus, go to Blue Heaven for brunch. Also if you like cats, go on the Hemingway House tour so you can see the descendants of H's 6-toed cats. I can't recall any particularly good birding spots, but there are several forts and state parks that might be good areas to check. There are nesting colonies on some of the Dry Tortugas but it's much too early for the colonies to have formed. You can figure out the pub crawl on your own - Duval St is pretty obvious!

bargoo
02-05-2013, 09:47 AM
Megan . got some startling news last night. I knew my son was planning a vacation in Florida in a week or so. I now find the real purpose in going to Flarida is because he is planning to relocate to Florida. Jacksonville in particular. This seems to be a sudden and not well thought out decision, there is also a wife and baby included. I don't want to run my son's life but think this may not be the wisest choice for many reasons.

BillBlueEyes
02-05-2013, 10:01 AM
krampus: Key lime pie is fruit.


[There, you read it on the Internet - it must be true.]

We saw oodles of Roseate Spoonbill on the "Ding" Darling NWR on Sanibel Island. There are terrific birding guides to Florida published by the state that I've picked up at turnpike rest stops. Can't wait to read your report.

alinnell
02-05-2013, 10:24 AM
The son and DIL of my friend here are moving to Georgia. Apparently he got a good job offer, but it is hard to see them go. I think it would be worse with a child moving that far away.

DD's boyfriend is leaving next week for the Army. I don't know where his basic training is, but I wonder how DD will handle that. I don't expect her to come home until March 8th or 9th.

A neighbor who lives behind us showed up at our door last night with some mail that had mis-delivered to her. She felt it was important (the Welcome packet to UC Riverside for DS). He already knew about it, but it was nice of her to re-deliver it to us instead of having the post office do it. For years we got her mail and DS would ride his bike to deliver it to her. She was amazed at how tall he'd gotten!

paperclippy
02-05-2013, 10:33 AM
All this talk about Key West has me dreaming of a tropical vacation! :lol: I think I may take a three-day weekend sometime soon just to have some time to relax. I've been hoarding my vacation time but I think I have enough that it's okay to use some of it. My only bird sighting to report today is a cardinal in our flowering pear tree.

Megan, I get annoyed when DH eats my food without permission too. It's perfectly reasonable to be mad at him for eating your food! But it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, so try not to let it ruin your day.

Allison, is your DS planning on going to UCR? I remember you said he got in to several places.

Bargoo, what is your DS's reason for moving? Is it for a job?

Our weather is supposed to warm up this weekend, so I'm thinking maybe we'll take the dog to a park for a nice long walk. He hasn't been on a car ride for a while so I'm sure he'd appreciate it.

CherryPie99
02-05-2013, 10:37 AM
krampus: Key lime pie is fruit.


[There, you read it on the Internet - it must be true.]



Does this mean that the piece of pecan pie I had Sunday counts as healthy nuts?? ;)

You guys are killing me with jealousy! I have cabin fever so bad and it's just unrelentingly cold and miserable here. I woke up to the temps being .8 F. I NEED A VACATION TO SOMEPLACE WARM!!!

Jen

alinnell
02-05-2013, 11:12 AM
Allison, is your DS planning on going to UCR? I remember you said he got in to several places.


No. I'd prefer he didn't go there. I'm hoping that this admission spurs the other UC schools to follow suit. He's applied to UC Davis, UCLA and UC Berkeley (which is his dream school). So far he's been accepted at four schools (two CSU, one UC and I think Cal Poly Pomona). I've heard good things about Cal Poly but the neighbor said she heard it was a big party school. I doubt I'll have trouble with him getting into the party mentality--he's too focused.

So DD wants to go to Stanford and DS wants Berkeley. They're too far apart for the two of them to share an apartment. My dream would be for DD to go to Claremont Graduate University and DS to go to Cal Poly Pomona. I could probably get them to share an apartment if that were the case. I'm not sure they want to do that, but I could try! It would sure save my pocketbook!

traveling michele
02-05-2013, 11:18 AM
Krampus-- we went to the Keys last summer. You totally need to go here:
http://www.garbosgrillkw.com/
It is an amazing food truck!
We actually had to go twice because they weren't open the first time. We drove back again just to go there (we weren't staying in Key West) and it was totally worth it!

We also went to Hemingway House. Dh and I loved it. I love cats and dh loves history so we were both happy.

Megan-- I would be extremely annoyed! My dh got a mug out of the cabinet the other day for coffee-- and I asked if he could use a different mug-- he looked at me like I was crazy. But that is the mug I use for my egg mugs in the morning and I would have had to run the dishwasher for my mug. Not crazy, right?

Bargoo-- my dh lived in Jacksonville-- went to high school there-- he still talks very fondly about it. We had to drive hours out of our way on a trip to Florida so he could reminisce about his youth.

Allison-- does your ds have top choices? I know he is waiting on other decisions.

My dd has started the process of applying for teaching positions for next year. She wants to move to the Houston area. We are praying that she has her choice of opportunities (or at least one!).

Warm vacations.... dh and I are going on a cruise to the Western Caribbean the end of March. I can't wait.... gotta get my weight back down though.

I worked all of January to get below my red line. I was finally under it by one pound. We went to Napa for 24 hours and I gained 4 pounds. Was an angel yesterday hoping to flush out some of it, and I'm down .4. Sigh..... going to keep on flooding myself today. I was so itchy yesterday that I bruised myself scratching-- I really think it was puffiness from sodium.

saef
02-05-2013, 12:04 PM
Bill, so what did you see yesterday?

I've never seen a harlequin duck, just by lack of luck. While living Upstate this past winter, I'd drive up to Oswego Harbor on Lake Ontario with my late father's Swarovski spotting scope and look at three kinds of scoters, two kinds of mergansers, loons, grebes, flocks of oldsquaws which made the weirdest keening noise, common goldeneyes and buffleheads -- and a stoic, motionless Snowy Owl who'd sit on nearby buildings or the breakwall, looking like a whitewashed post that a lot of cars had backed into over the years. I do not miss those leaden Upstate winter skies and the constant threat of plans despoiled by lake effect squalls.

I feel fed up with winter, too, though it's been a relatively mild one down here. I'll be visiting friends in Santa Fe for the long Presidents Day weekend.

One of my cousins owns rental properties in Key West and Miami. He says I could stay at one of his places off-season, but I've never gone. Probably because he's not my favorite: Looks like Rod Stewart, regularly gets mistaken for him at airports & clubs, and really enjoys the resemblance being remarked on. This also means half-open shirts & gold chains ... you get the picture.

krampus
02-05-2013, 12:59 PM
Thanks everyone for the Key West suggestions! We were already planning on Hemingway House, Garbo's Grill, Blue Heaven, and Kermit's Key Lime Pie store. Pub crawl probably will be a "pass" since my life in Troy is practically a pub crawl as it is. I'm so excited for the warmth...

Weight is still up up up, I'm going shopping w/my roommate tonight (after the gym) for new outfits for our vacations (she's going to LA when I'm in FL) and I have this STUPID inner dialogue saying "you don't deserve new clothes, you're all puffy" - how dumb is that, jeez.

Jen are you in P-burgh up north with the huge Walmart? It's almost 10 degrees warmer down here in the Capital Region...I'm so done with this winter business, too!

saef - Your cousin sounds like a pretty great character. Open shirts and gold chains - oh my! Enjoy Santa Fe - I hear it's a paradise for artistic-minded individuals who like good food :D

michele - Hang in there. We are in the same boat it seems - I didn't think about sodium causing itchiness but I was really itchy yesterday, too...

alinnell - Oh my gosh college. If I had kids I'd encourage them to wait tables and pay for their own school - good thing I don't have any, heh. I hope DD will be OK with the huge transition w/her boyfriend - how long have they been together?

paperclippy - Did you say FLOWERING pear tree? Wow! Is it really warm in IN?

Megan1982 - I like cats far better than I like people or even key lime pie, I will definitely do what you recommend! Sorry BF ate your food, I get IRATE when that happens too.

bargoo - I hope your son visits and realizes he may be acting rashly - that is a huge life change!

paperclippy
02-05-2013, 02:59 PM
Krampus, LOL, no, the flowering pear tree isn't flowering at the moment. It's just called a "flowering pear" because it doesn't actually produce any fruit, only flowers and leaves. Right now it is totally bare, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to see the cardinal in it!

CherryPie99
02-05-2013, 03:04 PM
Krampus - I live in Watertown - right off Lake Ontario 30 miles south of Canada. We're staying in your neck of the woods this weekend as we'll be staying with relatives in Niskayuna!

Saef - have you ever been to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge up here? You can see a TON of different waterfowl especially during the migration seasons! We love it there!

jen

krampus
02-05-2013, 03:18 PM
Jen, I grew up in Niskayuna! Small world!

Jessica, thanks for clearing that up. My plant knowledge is pretty limited.

saef
02-05-2013, 09:12 PM
Saef - have you ever been to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge up here? You can see a TON of different waterfowl especially during the migration seasons! We love it there!


Jen, yes, my father began taking me there on Sunday drives back in the 1970s. It's one of the reasons we have a nice spotting scope, because you can set it up easily on the gravel drive around the main pool, and also at the different lookout stations, particularly on East Road, Armitage Road and Mays Point. One of the heartening things about visiting Montezuma is that, during my lifetime, I've seen osprey and bald eagle become so common on the refuge that sightings are pretty much guaranteed on every visit. When I was a child tagging along with my father, these encounters were more unusual and highly prized, as DDT residue in their eggshells had decimated both populations. That was one of the attractions of the refuge, because these birds still could be seen there. Researchers at Montezuma were just starting the eagle hacking project back then, trying to get them to nest in the habitat.

Sigh. When I am an old woman, I hope that I don't reminisce fondly about the days when certain birds were formerly common, until climate change took its toll ...

saef
02-05-2013, 09:21 PM
This morning I went to put my lunch in my lunch bag. The tupperware felt lighter than when I packed it, and it looked like there was something whitish on my leftover shrimp creole from the outside. What? Sure enough, BF ate it last night (with Ranch - the whitish stuff) and I'm stuck with no time left to prep anything else and eating the same pork for lunch and for dinner today.

Sorry, but this gave me pause: Your boyfriend put ranch dressing on top of the shrimp creole?

Why?

(Maybe I should be glad it wasn't ketchup?)

Somewhere Paul Prudhomme is quietly weeping, just one single lingering tear, like the Native American chief in the 1970s anti-pollution commercial.

alinnell
02-05-2013, 09:42 PM
Sorry, but this gave me pause: Your boyfriend put ranch dressing on top of the shrimp creole?

Why?

(Maybe I should be glad it wasn't ketchup?)

Somewhere Paul Prudhomme is quietly weeping, just one a single lingering tear, like the Native American chief in the 1970s anti-pollution commercial.

That made me laugh! But I feel your pain, Megan. That stuff bugs the heck out of me, too. Like the time my SIL and BIL came to visit last month while we were on vacation? My MIL had made spaghetti and there was a large portion leftover--enough for three dinners and perhaps more. We were all eating dinner Monday night and MIL suggested I forget about cooking one more day and reheat the spaghetti for Tuesday's dinner. I loved the idea! Just toss a salad. Yeah, until I went to heat it up and there was less than two servings left. Apparently they (my SIL & BIL) had it for breakfast. After HER own mother told US to eat it. UGH. The only saving grace was that it wasn't the best (not MY marinara!) and there was some leftover lasagna so we heated both and made do with extra salad.

Steph7409
02-05-2013, 10:18 PM
All this talk of birds..and I all I get at my feeder are sparrows (and squirrels). Oh, and a pair of cardinals that I love but I rarely see them, since they come at dawn and dusk. My sister moved to Jacksonville a few years ago (and likes it, bargoo) and bought a house with an array of bird feeders, so she and her husband have become avid bird watchers.

Krampus, enjoy Key West! I looked into going there a few years back but life intervened. It sounds like a fabulous place and I'd love to see the Hemingway cats.

Jen, I went to college in Montreal for a year and drove by Watertown to get home to Syracuse. I'll never forget driving into a blizzard coming down Route 81, thinking I was going to die. Seriously the worst driving experience of my life.

I had a good day today as far as eating and exercise went. No word on what I thought was my new job, though, so maybe that's not going to happen.

I'm off to watch House of Cards on Netflix. I'm trying to limit myself to only 2-3 episodes at a time and not binge watch it. It's quite good!

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 12:32 AM
After I bought a chest freezer and $400 in groceries to pack into slow cooker meals for it last week the crock in my crock pot developed a crack along the bottom and started to leak. In trying to get the crock replaced (pot was expensive and less than a year old) I got frustrated and bought a Cuisinart slow cooker with anodized steel cook pot. It came in yesterday and then tonight we went to a movie. I'm pretty desperate at this point to make a meal in it, so we are having something slow cooker tomorrow!

I packaged and froze multiple full meals for the slow cooker meat, veggies and spices all included. Will just add liquid and any grain at cook time. We made 6 beef stew, 2 beef and peppers, 3 vegetable soup, 1 chicken and vegetable soup with kale, 3 chicken and vegetable for adding quinoa or rice for stew, 3 chicken curry, 2 southwest chicken, 2diced chicken and onion, and 2 plain diced chicken. (found boneless, skinless breasts for $1.98/lb). We also froze three packs of bone in chicken breasts, probably 6 meals worth - $0.99/lb. I have a 7lb pork loin to slice into roasts as well. We went to three stores to shop the sales. I'm hoping to maximize sales and coupons and keep the freezer stocked - having something ready to go in the morning will save time, and will make it easier to exercise at the end of the day. Here's hoping the new cooker works - it is a fancy one. You can brown and steam in it as well. I'm excited.

traveling michele
02-06-2013, 12:45 AM
Let us know how the new cooker works! I love the ease of coming home to a slow cooker meal.

Mudpie
02-06-2013, 06:26 AM
Let us know how the new cooker works! I love the ease of coming home to a slow cooker meal.

"Out in a blizzard running after dogs all day? Come home to the tantalizing smell of dinner already made. Just slice up a baugette and dinner's ready!"

That's my (rather uncreative) slow cooker ad. I LOVE :love: my cooker and am constantly experimenting with what I throw in there. I've done beef roasts, pork roasts, stews, fish dishes, vegetarian, and they all were good! DH has laughed many times coming home to find me standing in front of the slow cooker, gazing at it with relief and :love: :lol3:.

I usually do my grains/potatoes/whatever seperately though. Don't they get awfully soggy if they're in there for 8 hours?

I'm sitting the Australians tonite and tomorrow night. I love the microwave too - though I don't think the food made in it is nearly as good as the SC stuff.

Dagmar

CherryPie99
02-06-2013, 09:33 AM
Krampus - it is an incredibly small world, isn't it! What are the chances?

Saef - thanks for sharing that story with me. It doesn't matter how many times I have seen bald eagles there, they still take my breath away. Hoping to get down there for the spring migration this year. We typically get there mid-summer when there are not nearly as many birds to see. Although last year for some reason there were a TON of different butterflies and I got some fantastic pics.

http://i49.tinypic.com/ezesqw.jpg

Steph - Welcome to my world ALL. WINTER. LONG. Is there any wonder why I want to move??

bargoo
02-06-2013, 09:44 AM
After I bought a chest freezer and $400 in groceries to pack into slow cooker meals for it last week the crock in my crock pot developed a crack along the bottom and started to leak. In trying to get the crock replaced (pot was expensive and less than a year old) I got frustrated and bought a Cuisinart slow cooker with anodized steel cook pot. It came in yesterday and then tonight we went to a movie. I'm pretty desperate at this point to make a meal in it, so we are having something slow cooker tomorrow!

I packaged and froze multiple full meals for the slow cooker meat, veggies and spices all included. Will just add liquid and any grain at cook time. We made 6 beef stew, 2 beef and peppers, 3 vegetable soup, 1 chicken and vegetable soup with kale, 3 chicken and vegetable for adding quinoa or rice for stew, 3 chicken curry, 2 southwest chicken, 2diced chicken and onion, and 2 plain diced chicken. (found boneless, skinless breasts for $1.98/lb). We also froze three packs of bone in chicken breasts, probably 6 meals worth - $0.99/lb. I have a 7lb pork loin to slice into roasts as well. We went to three stores to shop the sales. I'm hoping to maximize sales and coupons and keep the freezer stocked - having something ready to go in the morning will save time, and will make it easier to exercise at the end of the day. Here's hoping the new cooker works - it is a fancy one. You can brown and steam in it as well. I'm excited.

Shannon, I want to come to your house for dinner.

BillBlueEyes
02-06-2013, 10:16 AM
Bill, so what did you see yesterday?

I've never seen a harlequin duck, just by lack of luck. While living Upstate this past winter, I'd drive up to Oswego Harbor on Lake Ontario with my late father's Swarovski spotting scope and look at three kinds of scoters, two kinds of mergansers, loons, grebes, flocks of oldsquaws which made the weirdest keening noise, common goldeneyes and buffleheads -- and a stoic, motionless Snowy Owl who'd sit on nearby buildings or the breakwall, looking like a whitewashed post that a lot of cars had backed into over the years. Now that's a fine set of birds to see. Your father had good taste - we do love our Swarovski spotting scope.

It was a quiet day on the Atlantic north of Boston. We did see one Common Loon (in winter plumage), the expected scoters and mergansers, one Long-tailed Duck (for those not in the know, that's the recent PC name for 'oldsquaw'), Red-tailed Hawk, lots of Harlequins and Buffleheads, and an unexpected Turkey Vulture. Cold with stiff wind, but we stayed warm using the many, many layers trick.

bargoo
02-06-2013, 11:05 AM
For you birdwatchers, I have not been to any bird sanctuaries lately but right here in town I have seen wild turkeys, one day I saw 5 of them walking on a lawn of a frat house and the other day I looked out my window and saw 5 strolling around my parking lot.
PS I love those loons, they have a lot of them in my home state of Minnesota. Lots of water in Minnesota.

ChrisMohr
02-06-2013, 11:36 AM
Ah, Key West... my first trip to the Everglades as a 19 year old kid with my buddy Marc and then to the Keys too... unbelievable. Roseat spoonbills are still my favorite birds. No big winter trips this year so I envy you vacationers a bit.

Interesting how sometimes when I really really overeat (as I did on Super Bowl Sunday), for the next two days at least it is very easy to get back on track. It's actually harder to recover from a minor slipup than reovering from a major blowout, at least in terms of the cravings. But I also notice that at my age, my body does NOT enjoy the aftermath of a blowout. It's like a hangover, so I certainly would like to keep them to a minimum.

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 12:06 PM
Bargoo - come on over, I have plenty of food! :)

Chris - my body doesn't love the aftereffects of a major food blowout either. I hadn't thought of it like a hangover, but it does seem to feel the same way.

Dagmar - I have had to trial and error potato and rice in the slow cooker. White rice and white potatoes often end up a soggy mess. Red potatoes and brown rice or blends do fine. This rice blend is brown rice, wild rice and daikon radish seeds, all which have a little outer husk on them that protect from the cooker I think. I've never done fish in mine, what do you do? I'm looking for a fish stew recipe, though I have burned up shrimp in the slow cooker so I'm nervous about that.

Jen - that picture is lovely!

Steph - I've seen House of Cards listed on netflix but haven't watched it. Might check it out.

Saef - your comparison to the Native American commercial from the 70's gave me a very clear picture of the Paul Prudhomme image from the cover of the cookbook I just received standing looking out over the horizon. You have such a way with words, I wish I could do that.

Megan - I hate it when I plan on a thing for leftovers and they disappear. And I also don't understand the ranch on the shrimp creole. Not at all.

I know nothing about birdwatching, though it seems so peaceful. I do stand at my office window watch the geese as they cross the road between our restaurant and the movie theater parking lot across the street often. They are so intent on what they are doing, and I love that one stands and directs traffic for the rest.

I have the chicken, veggie and kale soup in the cooker today. It smelled wonderful already when I poured it out of the bag into the pot. I've never made this recipe so I'm hoping it turns out well. The pot is fantastic - it is rectangular instead of the oval crock pot shape, and it is uniform size from top to bottom where the crock pot crock was narrow at the bottom and wide at the top. I just have to remember no metal utensils on it. Which I didn't use on the crock either, so should be easy.

We saw Les Miserables last night - lovely.

saef
02-06-2013, 12:44 PM
Saef - thanks for sharing that story with me. It doesn't matter how many times I have seen bald eagles there, they still take my breath away.

Jen, here's an official account of the bald eagle restoration effort at Montezuma, which, I was interested to find, jives with my memory from childhood onward. Memory has a way of smoothing things out into a better story to tell others, but this is one occasion where it matches up.

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/baldeagles_restorationProgram.html

Shannon, I've envious of your crockpot. I've used mine on & off but I seem to choose recipes where one has to cook things separately & then put them in the crockpot. But last week, I discovered that I could add green beans, a few redjacket potatoes, thinly sliced carrots, some previously roasted eggplant chunks, some cauliflower & lots of onions & garlic, throw Trader Joe's Indian simmering sauce on it, and make a tasty dish after cooking the melange for a while. I doctored this up with some cumin and garam masala. At the very end, I tossed shrimp through it and let them cook for just a few more minutes. This was great and I'll probably do it again, as I keep frozen shrimp on hand but haven't been using it as frequently as I thought I would. Cutting up all the veggies was most of the work.

paperclippy
02-06-2013, 12:46 PM
Now you guys have me thinking up ways to utilize my slow cooker! Actually DH bought a frozen rabbit at the butcher shop a couple months ago and we have been meaning to stew it somehow. I'm thinking the slow cooker may be the most efficient way to do it to guarantee that we don't screw it up. Anyone have any ideas on how to cook a rabbit?

I'd also like to be able to adapt my mom's beef stew recipe for use in the slow cooker, but I'm not sure how to do it. I hate slow cooker recipes that involve things like pre-sauteeing stuff and adding things halfway through cooking -- totally defeats the purpose IMO, I might as well just cook it in the oven or simmer on the stovetop. If I'm going to use the slow cooker I just want to dump all the ingredients in, leave for work, and eat when I get home. My mom's stew recipe I've always made on the stovetop, but it involves thing likes browning the meat and onions, adding a whole bunch of stuff halfway through, and at the end making dumplings in the stew.

alinnell
02-06-2013, 01:03 PM
I agree--slow cookers were made to have everything added raw at one time and have it all done when you get home from work.

Here's a rabbit stew that you do all at once in the crock pot: Rabbit Stew (http://australian.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-rabbit-stew-192100). The only thing you do at the end is put in flour to thicken it up. And another one: rabbit stew. (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/SLOW-COOKER-RABBIT-STEW-50118654)

I've never found a good beef stew recipe that reminds me of when I was little. I just can't get the right taste.

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 01:07 PM
Saef - that sounds fantastic to me, I've not used many of the Indian spices, though I own them. And the chopping is the longest part. That is what I'm hoping to avoid by prebagging all of these meals - one day given over to chopping and prepping to save time later. I got the idea from a blog post on mamaandbabylove, though I didn't use her recipes.

Jessica - my beef stew recipe says to brown the meat and onion first but I don't do that. Never noticed the difference. I don't like to have to add things in the middle - I need it to go in, cook for nine hours and then be done. LOL

Allison - I never ate beef stew as a child so don't know the flavor, but DH says the one we've come up with makes him think of his grandmother's. We add red wine (two buck chuck usually), potato flakes for thickening, worchestishire sauce and lots of black pepper. And some allspice, which made more of a difference than I expected. A few other spices, but those were the main ones. Thyme, bay leaf, a little ginger. More black pepper.

I'm interested to see how the browning works in this pot though - supposedly I can brown right in the pot and then switch to slow cook.

krampus
02-06-2013, 01:09 PM
We decided to splurge on a hotel for the last night in KW after two nights of tent camping - we are going to stay at The Inn at Key West (http://www.theinnatkeywest.com/) - that POOL! Now I'm even more excited, esp given I'm watching snow fall out my window at work...

Shannon, you should host a Maintainers Slow Cooker dinner party!

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 03:12 PM
I'm going to need to host that dinner party at that hotel, Krampus! That pool looks lovely. I have sunshine outside my window rather than snow, but it still makes me dream of the beach. :)

Megan1982
02-06-2013, 03:54 PM
Sorry, but this gave me pause: Your boyfriend put ranch dressing on top of the shrimp creole?

Why?

(Maybe I should be glad it wasn't ketchup?)

Somewhere Paul Prudhomme is quietly weeping, just one single lingering tear, like the Native American chief in the 1970s anti-pollution commercial.

Oh, Saef, you have no idea. The man loves ranch and srirachi. He puts them on EVERYTHING. I'm actually so used to it I didn't even bat an eyelash at adding it to the shrimp creole until you pointed it out. I get so irritated sometimes when I've cooked a really delicious somewhat gourmet meal (IMHO, naturally) and he puts ranch on without even tasting it first. Yes, I have flipped out on him occasionally. He does eat whatever I choose feed him without complaint (he just might put ranch or srirachi on it), or if I don't feed him, he also doesn't complain. I've trained him to eat "exotic" things like tofu and kale. And he doesn't put ranch on the kale. He is surprisingly not a big ketchup fan, though. So I just deal... the things we do for love. :dizzy:

Krampus, gorgeous pool! You'll have a great time!

Jen, beautiful monarch picture!

Shannon, I'm going to hop in the car. I'll be there in about 6 hours. Enjoy your new slow cooker! I love your prep ahead foods. Sounds like you've got plenty of easy, delicious, and healthy meals ready to go.

Speaking of all of these slow cooker recipes, we do have a recipes sticky at the top of this forum. Anyone care to share? I'm always looking for new recipes. Hint, hint.

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 04:05 PM
Oh a sticky would be a great idea. I have a lot of slow cooker recipes I've used already with much success, and once I tweak these cut ahead and freeze ones I can post those as well. That would be awesome. We can share our healthy slow cooker recipes, as so many out on the web are not healthy at all. :) Can I start one or does a Mod need to do it?

WardHog
02-06-2013, 05:23 PM
ooh, that inn looks gorgeous! Nice gym, too! ;)

traveling michele
02-06-2013, 05:41 PM
Oh a sticky would be a great idea. I have a lot of slow cooker recipes I've used already with much success, and once I tweak these cut ahead and freeze ones I can post those as well. That would be awesome. We can share our healthy slow cooker recipes, as so many out on the web are not healthy at all. :) Can I start one or does a Mod need to do it?

Looking forward to these. I also like the recipes that you toss it all in the slow cooker in the morning, come home in the evening, and dinner is ready!

I was thinking that I would change my avatar to my picture since many of you do that. I started looking through all of my photos and found one I liked, but my computer got so bogged down trying to upload my photos, that it froze. :mad: I'll try from home later.

But.... looking through years of photos made me realize something. The extra pounds I have put on in the past year are very noticeable in the recent pictures. I much prefer the pictures from a few years ago. Everyone says they can't tell that I've gained a few pounds, but I could really tell in the pictures. Rather than be depressed about it, I've decided to be empowered to get back to looking like those photos. :carrot::dizzy:

midwife
02-06-2013, 05:48 PM
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/living-maintenance/275176-maintenance-crock-pot-recipes.html

Ask and ye shall receive!

Shannon in ATL
02-06-2013, 05:55 PM
Thanks, Midwife! We'll start filling that thread right up! Actually, I got my first crock pot recipe from you when you told me to put in chicken breasts and cover them with salsa and cook all day. I made that just last week (it was the dish that revealed the cracked crock....) :)

bargoo
02-06-2013, 06:26 PM
Midwife was one jump ahead of me , my suggestion was to post them on our own site so they are readily available. Midwife has taken care of that. Suggestions to other sites are good but may not always be available.

alinnell
02-06-2013, 09:06 PM
I have this darn cold that keeps beating me up. It has been really weird--never with any terrible symptoms, but it just won't go away. Yesterday I had a good day and I was really thinking it was on it's way out, but I woke up all stuffed up in the middle of the night. Stuffed up and runny at the same time. Weird. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night because I couldn't breathe and then all day today I've been sneezing despite taking pills that should curtail such activity.

I had intended on taking the dogs for a walk this afternoon as I was getting off of work early to take Chico in for a heart worm test. Instead I ended up on the couch with my Kindle and promptly fell asleep for about 15 minutes. So much for exercise.

So I'm getting ready to make dinner and I need something more than just water to drink and I reach for a glass of orange juice. I don't normally drink any juice, by the way. I finished the glass (about 10 ounces) and was immediately struck at how sickly sweet it was. Ewww, gross sweet. Yuck. And to think I used to drink this regularly (and my DS does daily). Usually I accompany it with equal amounts of champagne and then only on Christmas morning. I think I'll just remember that!

I'll see what I can come up with for crockpot recipes although I rarely use my crockpot. For whatever reason, I'm always afraid to leave it on in the house, so I tend to plug it in at the grill in my back yard!

JohnKY
02-07-2013, 03:07 AM
Hey everybody,

Been away for a while. First covered up with work, then traveling a bit to dodge some winter for my health. Now finally equipped with a more dependable internet connection. Stayed on track through the holidays and have been ramping up the exercise as weather allows.

Used to love the slow cooker meals. We do the off-grid thing these days and can't leave a such a high load appliance plugged in for that long. The location of our home sort of demanded it. Is there any love for the pressure cooker? We use one a lot to speed-cook a soup or stew, or sometimes just a chicken. Anybody have any good PC recipies to share?

bargoo
02-07-2013, 09:31 AM
Welcome back, John. My mother used a pressure cooker a lot, I had one but always felt like it was going to blow up. I have a crock pot but use it mostly for keeping things hot at potlucks and such, I am retired now so usually home all day, I don't use the crock pot much as I have this uncontrollable urge to take the lid off and stir, not a good thing with a crock pot. I did get a great suggestion, though. Use it at night, all night, I am pretty sure I won't get up in the middle of the night to peek and stir. There are a lot of good recipes on this forum , not necessarily for crock pot or pressure cooker. We have some great cooks on this forum.

paperclippy
02-07-2013, 09:37 AM
Allison, I wonder if your cold is related to the flu virus that's been running wild around here. It seems to last about a month when all is said and done, even though the worst symptoms are over in a week. Not everyone gets the bad symptoms either -- DH had a stuffy nose, cough, and headaches, I had all that plus a fever and laryngitis. I'm still sniffling and waking up at night with a sore throat and it's been weeks, though DH is fully recovered from his now.

It's possible that the leak in our upstairs shower wasn't a leak at all. We took off the shower caddy and cleaned out the shower head, and haven't seen any water this morning. DH is thinking maybe the clogged up shower head was just spraying in crazy directions, resulting in the water bouncing off the items in the shower caddy and running down the back side of the shower stall to get behind the trim at the floorboards. Since the back side of our shower just goes to our walk-in closet, we're considering cutting a hole in the wall anyway just to make sure and perhaps installing an access panel instead of closing it up again.

I admit, it's kind of frustrating to not know how to do this stuff. I mean, in general it wouldn't be, but the fact is that my dad knows how to do all this and used to do these kinds of home repairs a lot when I was a kid. I wish he would have had me watch and learn while he did it back then. I wonder if he'd had sons instead of daughters he would have taught them this kind of thing. (That's not to say I think he intentionally didn't because I'm a girl, more that I think it may not have occurred to him that I might want to learn.) It's also possible that when I was a kid he tried to get me to watch him do it and I wasn't interested, so who knows? Or he tried to get my sister interested and failed so didn't bother with me? (FWIW, I've always been pretty good at handyman-type tasks, whereas my sister is not.)

Megan1982
02-07-2013, 10:14 AM
Thanks, midwife! I'm looking forward to everyone's healthy slow cooker recipes. I have a pea green slow cooker that's probably from the 1970's. It works ok, but would be nice if it had one of the inserts that comes out to store leftovers in the fridge or for easier washing. I told myself if I use it more often, I can ask for a new one for a birthday or Christmas. I'd like to get one of the programmable slow cooker/rice cooker combos so I could get rid of two appliances and replace them with one.

I have a recipe for no-soak slow cooker black bean soup I'll try to remember to post when I'm at home. Thanks for the thread, midwife!

My friend is hosting a "preservation party" in a few weeks. I think it's more geared towards preserving extra veggies or fruit from the garden, but the pressure cooker was mentioned. If I get any good meal ideas etc I'll share. Shannon, I'd love to see your freeze ahead slow cooker recipes. That would be right up my alley for when I'm extra busy involved in a theatre project, etc. I try to do a healthy food prep day every Sunday but my enthusiasm waxes and wanes. I've been better lately, but in the summer usually just hate cooking.

I'm in total agreeance re: extra steps for the slow cooker. I don't mind up to one extra step, like sauteing veggies first. More than that, why bother. It's a slow cooker, it's supposed to make life easier.

Alison, my dad drinks tons of OJ and must have it in whatever house he's staying in. I don't normally buy it, but am drawn to it when he's here/I'm there/etc. It is so, so sweet. I usually dilute with water (but I still want to drink it - like many sugary things, that's why I try not to bring them into my house). About once a year I want to make mimosas, and that's the only time I buy it for myself. I bought a few Publix light yogurt cups a few weeks ago and have found them sickeningly sweet, too. I still like sweet things so sometimes I forget this, but my tastes have changed in some ways.

Wardhog, I love your new picture!

John, welcome back!

Have a good Thursday, all. :)

bargoo
02-07-2013, 10:17 AM
Jessica, it is funny about these DIY tasks, my stepfather, my uncles, my grandfathers and also my FIL could do anything. I married a man that didn't even know how to use a screwdriver.

alinnell
02-07-2013, 10:47 AM
Jessica~I don't know about this being part of the flu or not. The flu that's been going on here is quite severe and I haven't had any severe symptoms at all. But then, with our travel last month, I could have picked up a variant from someone else. Who knows. All I do know is that I slept like heck last night and am so tired today--and still with a stuffy nose. I'd like to have slept in but the darn cat woke me an hour before my alarm and then the dog bugged me to go out. I imagine I got a total of 2 hours of good sleep and 2 hours of not-so-good sleep and the rest was lying there pretending to sleep. I'd stay home today but it's housekeeping day and I hate to be here when they're here as I feel I'm in the way.

So I was watching this video on GMO foods the other day (an hour and a half long--that's a record for me! I usually won't watch a video online if it's more than 3 minutes long!). Anyway, I proceeded to download a guide to buying non-GMO foods and one of the things that seemed odd is that Aspertame (and all it's derivatives) contain GMOs. It sure made me leery of soy stuff as well, so for sure I'm discontinuing the Nutrisystem after we finish this batch of food. And I'll probably be buying more organic foods as well. So sad what Monsanto has done to our crops.

traveling michele
02-07-2013, 11:13 AM
Allison-- my cold started two weeks ago today. It was a doozy-- I'm much better but my nose is still all stuffed up, my voice horse, and I still have a hacking cough. So, I suspect you and I have the same nasty cold. It just hangs on.....and on....

ChrisMohr
02-07-2013, 11:39 AM
John welcome back! You and I help provide a slightly more gender-balanced blog thread.

bargoo
02-07-2013, 11:53 AM
John welcome back! You and I help provide a slightly more gender-balanced blog thread.

Don't forget Billl and Gary when he is feeling better.

Sheila53
02-07-2013, 12:34 PM
Is everybody who needs to be ready for the big blizzard in the NE? Sounds like a lot of snow coming your way and perhaps more power outages. I feel for those people who still haven't recovered from the superstorm.

Re: the slow cooker. I dump frozen meat in the cooker all the time with no issues. The slow cooker for me is all about convenience so I don't want to do anything but put all the ingredients in and turn it on.

Megan, sirachi and Ranch on everything? That would tick me off a bit, I think. Reminds me of a BBC show I watched about a chef who came out of the kitchen and berated a diner after the diner dared ask for mustard. I have to say that I dislike restaurants that don't put salt on the table. I usually salt before I taste--a bad habit, but I hardly ever find stuff to be as salty as I'd like. And, hey, two doctors have said to eat more salt so I should do as the doctors say, right?

midwife
02-07-2013, 12:37 PM
I'm sorry my recipe killed your crockpot, Shannon!

ICUwishing
02-07-2013, 04:42 PM
Also wrestling the cold/flu thing. Mostly been a whole lot of post-nasal drip and the resulting little cough -but yesterday was a raging headache and maybe a low fever. I haven't had a fever in so long, I don't remember how they act. I stayed home from work and took it easy; today I'm back at the same spot except with more of a runny nose. I will be really aggravated if this tries to last multiple weeks. I am chasing it down with every home remedy I've ever heard of - and I will resort to the raw garlic this weekend. Figured I'd better save that one til I don't have to be around people!

This week is a chaotic mess of paperwork, trying to get DS13 registered back into the public school system, and getting him lined up with the proper track of classes. I'm beginning to see the problem with high-end private education - he won't have an obvious transition into 9th grade because he's already covered most of the 9-10th grade material in history and language arts. I guess we'll need to pursue testing him out of some of this stuff. :p

saef
02-07-2013, 05:57 PM
All around me, in CT, people are leaving work on time today, rather than staying late. I'm certain this is due to the blizzard that's in the forecast, though it's not supposed to start snowing in my area till around 3 AM tomorrow.

This is exciting stuff, so I like it, even though I know it could be dangerous and annoying. I wish no one harm as a result of it, but it's a change from the general dull gray skies and the tedium of winter. At least it is not likely to drown my apartment.

At this time of year, I feel my batteries running down. I must be partly solar-powered.

traveling michele
02-07-2013, 06:45 PM
Does anyone use a heart rate monitor? Do you like them?
If so, do you have any recommendations? I'm thinking about asking for one for my birthday and the choices are endless. I'm thinking about a Polar Monitor but I've never used any. I'd love to be able to use it in Bikram Yoga so I'm thinking I need a waterproof one!

alinnell
02-07-2013, 06:56 PM
I use Polar on my treadmill and elliptical. You can sweat all over it and there is no problem. My DH has the "watch" part that he can wear when he walks. I would imagine it's waterproof to a certain degree as well. Polar, IMO, is a good brand.

ICUwishing
02-08-2013, 09:57 AM
Michele, I have an Acumen Eon Basic and it's been great - it's been in the pool and on the treadmill and it's surprisingly comfortable. I remember the first time I wore it on the treadmill - it was a surprise to discover that it was transmitting directly to the display. That was kinda nifty.

saef, I am starting to feel the sun deficit too. I had the great good fortune on Wednesday to take a two-hour nap in my comfy chair, with the sun beating on my face the whole time. It was glorious!

I'm looking forward to browsing the slow-cooker thread after I feel better.

alinnell
02-08-2013, 10:30 AM
I got ready for bed last night at 7 PM and went in to watch TV. At 8:15 I was so drowsy that I went to bed. Except for the dog barking around 10 PM and hte cat jumping on me at 3:45 AM, I had a great night's sleep! I feel so much better today. Still the lingering cold, but so rested!

ChrisMohr
02-08-2013, 10:37 AM
Good luck saef and all you east coasters! They say cross-country skiing is the best exercise in the world, so polish up your skis if you have them and get some great exercise these next couple of days. The average person burns 700 calories/hour x-country skiing, didja know that? I'll never forget the great blizzard of 1982, when my then-girlfriend who later became my wife Karen cross-country skied down Colorado Boulevard, normally one of the busiest streets in the state! There were NO cars out and it was one of the great ski runs of all time...

Sheila53
02-08-2013, 02:17 PM
I had a great night's sleep! I feel so much better today. Still the lingering cold, but so rested!

Getting a good night's sleep is worth its weight in gold, isn't it?

Chris, when we lived in Colorado, we'd get the skis out and wander down the streets--it was fun. Don't ski anymore, but do like to snowshoe, although I'm not keen on the drive up to the mountains.

Tomorrow a group of dogs comes back to the shelter from the prison training program, and I volunteered to help them strut their stuff for potential adopters. A couple of months ago, I went to the prison to hand the dogs over to the inmates in the program so I'm excited to see how the dogs have changed. Most of them had no manners whatsoever so it will be fun to see what good citizens they've become. Then next week we drop off another group. I guess the prisoners become kind of unruly when they don't have dogs to train so they don't like to go too long without a group of dogs.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Megan1982
02-08-2013, 03:28 PM
I've got a busy weekend planned. My neighbor is an artist (I can't help but brag - she is great! check out her stuff here (http://bethappleton.net/) if you're interested) and draws a lot of inspiration from our local ecosystem. Lately she's been looking at plankton under the microscope. She's got an opening tonight at a local gallery, and I volunteered to put together a display IDing some of the plankton she sees/uses and a very basic "why plankton is important to our ecosystem" poster that will remain with the display. Tonight I'm bringing a microscope and plankton samples for people to look at if they choose. I'm trying to be there to answer questions if people are curious, but not hit them over the head with too much science. Afterwards BF and I will go get a drink at a bar that's holding a fundraiser for a community member who's in need of a heart transplant. Sunday I'm catering a community theatre cast party to make some extra cash. It will all be fun, but the homebody in me is also looking forward to having no real plans next weekend and staying home. ;)

Michele, your HRM question made me think of our discussion a few weeks ago about how many calories one really burns in hot yoga. If you get one I'd be curious to know the results if you do wear it to yoga. Yes I know all of our bodies are different, but I'd still be curious.

Sheila, that's great! One of our local shelters has a program between inmates and shelter dogs and it does good things for both sides.

Chris, I'm sure my parents will be using their snowshoes and cross country skis this weekend. They live about an hour north of NYC on a mountain.

To all those still sick, I hope you feel better soon. And for those in the path of the storm, stay safe and warm! Have a good weekend all. :)

paperclippy
02-08-2013, 05:04 PM
Megan, I love the idea of your science exhibit at the gallery opening!

Michele, I had a Timex Ironman Race Trainer heart rate monitor watch, although I've misplaced the watch itself. It worked very well for me, but I wasn't trying to hook up to any gym equipment (which Timex is not always compatible with). I definitely sweated all over the HRM with no problems -- in fact, it works better when you're sweaty.

Good luck to those of you in the blizzard zone! Weather is so crazy these days. Yesterday it got all the way up to 55 here!

I think this weekend is going to be a take-it-easy weekend. I had been planning on taking Carter for a long walk in the park, but yesterday the weather was nice so I took him for a long walk (~45 mins) around the neighborhood to take advantage of it. I was really exhausted afterward and had some other pregnancy-related issues, so I think this weekend I need to not do anything strenuous, and maybe I'll need to limit to shorter walks in the future. (Nothing to worry about, nurse checked me out this afternoon and babies are happy and healthy -- we got to see them punching each other in the face on the ultrasound, which was kind of hilarious.)

Shannon in ATL
02-09-2013, 12:27 AM
Jessica has Rock Em Sock Em Robots in there! ;)

I disappeared the last couple of day - health insurance seminar yesterday, and got caught up in a roller coaster ride trying to refi my mortgage. I'll come back and post more tomorrow. My slow cooker soup was fantastic, the new cooker is the best thing ever, and I'll post the recipe as soon as I figure out the spices.

saef
02-09-2013, 12:47 PM
Maybe 18 or maybe 21 inches of snow fell here from yesterday morning through the pre-dawn hours of this morning.

I'm about to suit up & head out with my shovel to free my car and also some elderly female neighbors' cars.

Wondering how everyone else is making out, particularly Bill, as I believe his area may have been looking at a heavier snowfall than mine.

Remember, though, I come from Upstate New York, where storms like this hit more often, and I helped my father blow out & dig out our driveway from a 45-inch snowfall after the Blizzard of '93, which remains my own personal standard for a What the F&^%$# snowfall.

Mudpie
02-09-2013, 04:58 PM
I took the day off work :yikes: yesterday due to the storm. And had to stay an extra night at the dogsit because my client couldn't get back (again storm related). I shovelled out the deck for the dogs last night and the snow was about 18-20 inches deep. The male dog is about 14 inches tall. :lol:

Today was rough going with walking the elderly lab (who is 13 years old today!). The snow kept making my knees turn and his bad hip was also bothering him from the same kind of motion. I think I will also be feeling the muscles in my *ss later today as I used them a lot to counter the problem with the knees.

We have a brilliant and beautiful blue sky today and this is also forecast for tomorrow. Many thousands of people will walk the beach and, by Monday when I have to go back to work there, the snow will become quite packed down and easier to navigate.

Bill This is all "small potatoes" compared to what will be happening in Boston and surrounding areas. Apparently cars are being ordered off the roads by 4 p.m. or motorists will face fines? I hope you and your DW are safe and warm and have a big snowblower handy.

Dagmar :coolsnow: