Six!

We are up to a warm 6 degrees here.

I made a decision to start back on the WW Core plan today. I’ve been thinking of doing it and today is the day. According to the new “rules” I think, as a lifetime member on maintenance, I can switch without doing an entire week if this does not pan out.

So I had my old faithful shredded wheat & bran for breakfast. I think I have plenty of Core foods to choose from this weekend.

Weight was 134.5 – that is where I want to be on Thursday at a maximum. Of course, if I were a pound lower I’d not be upset.

I don’t see myself wanting to get outside today but if it warms we’ll likely at least go to the grocery store.

I am off to grind up my shredded homemade soap in my Magic Bullet – I was thrilled to discover that it will make it almost like powder. Who knew?


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Zero!

That was the temperature when we got up this morning. I didn’t think the little “zoom zoom” would start, but she did. Of course, the remote starter would have been a joke.

Pretty painless for a Friday. I could take lots of weeks like this one just past, but things are gonna heat up soon – I have a big software release on Valentine’s Day. I hope to get started on some of the prep work early next week.

Anyhoot, I am happy to have a weekend off – no work laptop, no checking email.

It was so cold, that we opted to stay in for dinner. We usually eat out on Friday, but I have enough food cooked in the freezer to last us forever it seems. So we reheated some salsa chicken thighs, and some brown rice, and some of my pressure cooked black-eyed peas.

And it’s never too cold for ice cream – mint chocolate chip is the flavor du jour.

No plans at all for the weekend. Just staying warm. And not gaining weight


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Soapmaking

My Fels-Naptha soap arrived today. So I grated a bar and made my dry laundry soap and put on a load of wash to try it out. It smells pretty strong – so I am curious to see if that smell lingers after these clothes come out of the dryer.

Salmon for dinner. Nice change from chicken – I really needed a break.

I went to WW today but did not weigh. I actually am down a pound from the weight I was on the day of my “official” January weigh in. I need to hold the line here, since next week will be the first meeting of February and I will want to weigh. I’d love to show a small loss.

Work was okay today. The mood’s a bit better. We have staff meeting tomorrow – should be interesting -NOT!

I’m yawning away but must stay awake – a new Gray’s Anatomy at 9.


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The day after

Actually today was a decent day, except it seemed to go on way too long. This week is passing so slowly. I’m not sure what is up with that. But no crisis today and that is always good.

I am hoping I can stay awake for American Idol tonight – I am already yawning. We ate the rest of the chicken thigh/chickpea dish for dinner, and it was much better as a leftover. I don’t think I’ll be making it again though.

I am so hungry for some good old salmon, so that will be my dinner tomorrow night. I can almost taste it.

Weight this week has remained exactly the same every day – I guess that beats going up but it is most annoying. Have not been journaling but I don’t think I’m going over my calorie limits.

I am still toying with the idea of Core again. Maybe next week.


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Just when we thought it was safe

My next door cubicle neighbor got his “severance package” today. He’d asked for it and was turned down and then today he was called in from home (he has been sick) and canned. Another person who sat in my same general area got it, too. Makes no sense, but what can I do. I don’t want to lose any sleep over something that I can’t change.

So I got called in to a late meeting to be told that nobody else was getting laid off – I think we were told last month that nobody was getting laid off. I don’t believe a word of it. It might be a blessing in disguise if it happened. I don’t have the guts to quit.

Bush is taking over the tv tonight – I’ll hopefully sleep through the entire speech.


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Playoffs

Football day. Saints lost. Pats just scored first.

I don’t know if I really want the Pats to win – it will only prolong the tension.

I need to continue to use this so that I become more comfortable posting here.


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New Template

Maybe a new template will keep me posting more regularly – doubtful but worth a try.

I am doing another PC experiment. I have a 2 lb. pork loin roast cooking in the steamer basket – I put in 1.5 cups of water and set it on high pressure for 30 minutes. I plan to try to shred the pork and then put it back in the cooker with some BBQ sauce – pulled pork. Hope it works.

Football games today. I need to get in another bit of time on the treadmill before game time. Once this cooker stops steaming, I’ll go down and do a quarter hour or so.

Dinner goes in the oven. It’s a recipe I found online.  Using the rest of the chickpeas I cooked yesterday. Will also make enough for another meal this week.

I packaged all the meat I had purchased yesterday in Foodsaver bags, as well as cleaned out all my little Glad saver containers, putting their contents into bags, too. Freezer is full, but nice and neat for a change.

Uh oh. Game’s starting. Geaux Saints!!!


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Chickpeas

Like drinking a glass of milk – who knew? According to Wikipedia

Chickpeas are also a significant source of calcium (190 mg/100 g). Some sources quote it as equal to yogurt and close to milk.

They taste really good cooked from dried – much better than the canned – not as salty either, of course.

I made this wicked good recipe that I had seen on Friday. I still have some chickpeas left to make another recipe tomorrow.

We searched all day for some Fels-Naptha Soap – who knew that was so hard to find? I ended up ordering some online. I want to make some laundry detergent.

Am I nuts?


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Weekend’s here

I really did try to post one night this week and the system was “unavailable” – but I’m seriously slacking here.

We had a small bit of snow, and it’s turned really cold here. Seems like a good day to stay inside. Except I stay inside way too much all week and I’m sure I will get restless later and venture outdoors.

Yesterday I left work an hour early and all hell broke loose. An engineer in California (who was also on a day off, I find out later) was trying to reach me to get him some very old software for a customer emergency. Fortunately, I’d told my buddy D I was leaving and my engineer friend usually falls back on D when he can’t get me. But at the end of the entire email trail I had a message from my absent boss about the deal. So – will he be mad at me because I took off an hour and did not tell him? It will be hard for me to know but I suspect he is upset because he never ever contacts me about anything. This is truly the strangest job I have ever had.

I’m just glad that I thought to check my email yesterday – breathing a huge sigh of relief – I was at least able to send absent boss and “all is okay” message.

I soaked some chick peas to cook in the PC today – I have a recipe I want to make.

Tempting fate one time too many, we ate at the Imperial Buffet and today my scale is up a pound – this is a number I do not want to see so much work to be done this weekend to knock it down.


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Oops

I stayed home from work yesterday – but I worked – and I completely forgot to update here. Not that I have much to update.

I did another pressure cooker “experiment”. I had a recipe for chicken & dumplings that I modified – it turned out okay but next time I will make a few changes. Next time – yes, I’ll make it again because it was way good.

So after all this chicken – tonight we ate tilapia. A nice break.

Yesterday was just rain here but lots of ice and freezing elsewhere. A few snowflakes were falling on my commute home but really nothing. It’s been a weird winter -mostly in the 40s and 50s but we are cold now and getting colder tomorrow.

I had another night where I needed a pill to sleep. Tonight I must avoid napping early so I can sleep at a normal time – without having to resort to medication. American Idol starts tonight so that should keep me awake IF I sit up and resist going to watch it in the bedroom.

Scale was up a half pound this morning – not sure what the deal is but it’s still an acceptable number (135).


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