Archive | January 28, 2007

Library card

Current mood: contemplative

Just hanging out on here for a few minutes.  Today was fun actually.  I made breakfast for everybody – scrambled or fried eggs as ordered by the residents.  Yesterday, I made pancakes.  I don’t think the family knows what to make of this. LOL.  But I don’t hear much complaining as food is vacuumed off the plates.

This week, I am going to do something I’ve been putting off for years — getting a library card.  My town’s library has a cooperation agreement with another local library that is a lot bigger, so anything I can’t find at our library, I can get at the other library.  We are discussing a weekly trip to the big library, they are open on Sundays from 1-5 during the school year.  I’m thinking we will go, get a few books, and go home and the rest of the day is no TV…just reading and relaxing.  I’m impressed with the big library in the other town — it has everything you can imagine.  A huge selection of books on tape, an impressive video/dvd collection, a surprisingly good CD collection, and of course the books.  They have “quiet study” rooms that you can go into to read or do research, and the children’s area is amazing.

So, I want to get us going because I want to get FlyLady’s new book Body Clutter.  I can’t afford to buy it but I feel I really need to read it.  I am also going to get the Saving Dinner books by Leanne as well. 

In more important news, Lola is sick.  She’s running a low-grade fever and has a runny nose right now, but I suspect this is just the beginning.  I hope it is a mild cold and nothing too heart-wrenching for me.  Right now, she is angry because we put her in bed.  I held her for over an hour watching Blues Clues before she went to bed.  However, she is definitely not wanting to go to bed in her own bed tonight, but she is going to.

I am feeling a bit better than I have the last couple of days.  I am thinking it is just PMS, and the meds are still working.  The reason I say that is that normally, my PMS would be a lot worse than it is, and I would have absolutely no energy at all.  But I’m not seeing a huge decrease in energy, and still feel motivated like I have been the last few weeks.

I am still working on getting my routines in order for morning and evening.  A couple more weeks should solidify things even more.  Then, I am going to start working on incorporating a few more health conscious habits into the routine.  That is why I want to read Body Clutter.  I am having a hard time releasing some of the habits and thought patterns I need to release in order to live healthier.  It’s not even about losing the weight, although I wouldn’t mind if I did.  But I am a perfectionist and I don’t know how to do anything except in an all-or-nothing fashion.  The cool thing about FLYLady and Crew is that they are all perfectionists, too, and have learned that perfectionism keeps you stuck in a rut because you don’t do anything.  Their approach to living healthier and weight loss is geared towards those who have all-or-nothing thinking and have emotional clutter that is causing them to eat or be attached to certain unhealthy habits.  I would like to work through that and find out what my emotional triggers are for eating the wrong things.  I am also interested in getting some ideas for healthy meals, because everything I have ever known is southern cooking or junk food.  I have no idea how to compile a variety of healthy lunches and dinners.  The healthy meals I do know how to make or can think of, aren’t enough to have a good variety, I’d get burned out really quick.  I’m also a very picky eater, there aren’t a lot of vegetables that I care for.  I have tried and tried again to try different vegetables and give them another chance, but just can’t find a way to prepare them so that I enjoy eating them.  Life can get kind of boring if all you eat are lettuce salads with only carrots, green beans, corn, potatoes, cooked spinach and cucumbers as vegetable sides.  I can’t stand broccoli, celery, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, avocado, artichokes, tomatoes, or peppers.  I don’t mind onions if chopped very fine.  My boss gave me some tomatoes that had been soaked overnight in oil and vinegar and spices, and that was actually good, but plain — no way.

Also, I do like asparagus, when it is cooked until tender and covered with butter LOL.  And I like olives, black and green.

Fruitwise, I don’t care for berries of any kind.  I don’t like cantaloupes or other melons other than watermelon.  I love bananas, lemons, apples, oranges, grapes, pineapple.  I can tolerate peaches.  I don’t like cherries, pears, plums, apricot, kiwi, pumpkins or other squash, figs, grapefruit, or limes.

See?  I’m picky.  But now that I have written it down, there is a bit more variety than I was thinking. 

Well, I think I will spend the next few minutes getting ready for tomorrow.