Wine & Cheese ~ 93rd Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Most Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 93rd serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

:(  I decided that a flu shot was in order, since it is moving through everyone I know it seems.  My arm hurts!  I rubbed it like they say to do but dang it still painful.

:(  Read, after the fact, that this year’s flu vaccine is only about 50% effective, as they guessed wrong about the strains that would be going around and missed the most prevalent one.  Oh well, 50% is better than none at all.

:(  My favorite pair of jeans are falling apart.  I bought them already slightly loved at the thrift store near by.  It’s my favorite way to buy jeans, already soft and broken in.  But this pair is starting to rip apart and are so well worn that it is going to be time to get new ones.

CHEESE

:)  The scale is moving D-O-W-N again!  I have a serious goal so that helps.  And I’m taking intentional actions to achieve my goal, like logging every bite that enters my mouth, every ounce of water, every minute of activity and walking distance.  I refuse to give up.

:)  It’s pretty awesome when you hit the end of your day, and have been so careful to eat right that you have to have a beer in order to hit your minimum calorie range on your SparkPeople account!  That is just breaking my heart!

:)  I got my roots done and sporting pink in my bangs again this week.  Was purple last time for The Badge as that is his favorite color. So glad I went back to blond.

DESSERT

I thought of my daughter-in-law when I saw this, and so my daughter.

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And this is a dose of “awww”, my grand-pup’s first experience with Christmas lights!

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Tuesday Tid Bits

Tuesday tidbitsThe Badge has declared we are going to Florida in May and maybe again in July.  This means the marvelous one needs to be bikini ready come then.  I’ve declared all out war on my body and appetite.  I’m back on SparkPeople and watching every bite I eat, logging it and the water I drink, and soon the miles and minutes walked.  I say soon because yesterday I donated blood and they suggested I wait until tomorrow to get out there and pound the pavement.

This water thing is helping my appetite a lot, but good grief I have to pee all of the time!  My number of trips to the bathroom are rivaled only by my pregnant daughter.

I had a craving for Chipotle today, so I got on their site and ran the numbers and holymotherofcalories that burrito bowl I love so much is 690 calories!!!  My total for a day is 1200-1550, making it half of my intake for the day. UNACCEPTABLE!!!  I recalculated it for chicken and then split it in half so I have lunch for 2 days.  This was done before I even began eating it so that there is no cheating or temptation to just polish it off.  Last night my snack-crack, popcorn, was eaten one piece at a time while drinking a lot of water.  We make it on the stove in a pan with canola oil which really cuts down the fat and calories from the microwave method, and I can pronounce all of the ingredients.  All 2 of them.  I did skip out on the beer the past 2 nights as well, might as well be serious about this.

You can watch the progress on my SparkPeople page.  I’m happy the numbers are heading down!

 

 

 

Wine & Cheese ~ 92nd Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Most Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 92nd serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

:(  The Diva Den has a plague of the creeping crud moving through it.  So far I’ve managed to avoid coming down with it which is good, that way I’m not spreading it to The Badge.  My hope is that IF I have to endure this dreaded illness (a flu like bug) it isn’t until he leaves to be out of town next week.  Then I can suffer through without issue of risking his health.  I hate being sick so mentally I have simply determined it ain’t happening.

:(  Acid Reflux attacked me in my sleep last night.  I was out hard, sleeping like the dead, and started choking on acid creeping up my throat.  Most unpleasant and it really ticked me off because I was already in bed after 1am thanks to the final episode of Sons Of Anarchy.  SPOILER ALERT:  I know it was a great way to end the show, but damn I hated seeing Jax die.

:(  I’ve been doing so good lately not missing my little side kick so much, until I made a bowl of popcorn last night to watch SOA.  I climbed in bed with it and my heart hurt some when I realized that my little fur pup wasn’t sitting there with her little head cocked to the side watching me eat it, hoping I’d share.  Sometimes I forget what a constant presence she was until I do some ordinary thing and expect to see her and just her unseen spirit is there.  :(

CHEESE

:)  I love when my life is full and busy!  This week is packed with things I need to do, or get to experience and I love it!  Tonight I get to serve as one of the hundreds of volunteers that make the Awaited show at Crossroads happen.  I’m going to see the show Friday night, and Saturday I get to see all my Avon sisters for lunch.  I got to spend time with The Badge on Monday evening and he is going with me on Friday.

:)  One of the best things I’ve done is STOP watching news.  It tries to creep into my life but I shove back.  The world is so full of amazing, good things that I can focus on.  Simple, wonderful things, like holding my 11 week old grandson while he slept during the Bengals game on Sunday.  The face of innocence and sweetness dreaming while in Nana’s arms is one of those fleeting pleasures in life that I have treasured in my heart and memory.  And just about the time he is crawling around, my daughter’s baby will be here to keep my baby-fix fed.  I never imagined that this chapter in my life could be so special.

:)  There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast!  But it sure is fun messing with them for a while.  Pixel was determined to get me moving this morning.  Purring hard and kneading all around me.  If I peeked out she was nearly nose to nose with me waiting for my eyes to open.  She dug for my hand under the pillow so she could rub against my nails with her head and wouldn’t give up until I finally got out of bed.  I had fun playing with her, it was a great way to wake up.

DESSERT

I love this, it even LOOKS like my cat!

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Peppermint Mocha & White Zinfandel Musings

Close up of cup of coffee with pink roseI’m a black coffee drinker, but once in a while I like a little kick in the flavor.  If not the coffee itself then some creamer.  My sister brought home some Peppermint Mocha creamer the other day and that is what is in my cup.  Well that and a package of hot chocolate mixed with the coffee, because if you are needing coffee why not shoot for the I can crawl up the wall and across the ceiling then hang upside down like a fruit bat level of caffeine satisfaction?  In my world, if you aren’t walking on the ceiling, you’re doing it all wrong.

Today, lunch was an amazing bowl of….*drum roll*…. raisin bran.  I was craving it for some reason, which makes me think I’m truly bat shit crazy after all, because who the heck craves raisin bran???  It was good, considering it is cereal, but wow, that was out of left field.

A lot of life is coming out of left field lately and I find it rather perplexing at times.

The Badge took me out for dinner last night, and my universe shifted on me.  Not sure how to explain that other than think of a lock and how tumblers inside have to all fall into place before it clicks and can be opened. I even distinctly recall the moment when he looked at me while we were talking and things just clicked into place in my cosmos and it unsettled me.  Something was very different in the energy in the air while we were together, and I swear I felt my inner walls surrounding my heart give way.

Later I was pondering it all, as I have been for weeks now, and likened it to being a kid on the 10 foot diving board. You stand there and holy crap it’s a long way to the water from that high.  You really want to jump but you are so flipping scared you can’t.  Heck you cannot even breathe.  So yep, that is me, I’ve sat down on the end of the board and my legs are swinging over the edge while I try to catch my breath, but even at a lower angle, I’m scared to death to jump.

I don’t know why I’m so worried, because this time is so different.  Not a single red flag (or pink, orange, yellow…) whatsoever.  This came out of no where when I wasn’t looking and had written off dating and relationships.  If I went down my list of deal breakers and makers, things couldn’t be more of a fit.

Wow, look at the time.  I believe it is time for the bottle of white zinfandel to be uncorked.  Meanwhile I’ll just sit here and on the end of the board, as I suspect that between him, my inner diva, goddess and child, I’m about to be pushed off my perch and into the deep end of the pool.

 

Thursday Morning Coffee (And Oatmeal) Musings

Coffee cup with steamCan we all just stop for a moment and give it up for whoever invented the Keurig?

*bows head and gives thanks*

Seriously this person deserves our thanks because it is the greatest invention since the Mr. Coffee. I discovered I can make oatmeal with the Keurig by putting 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats in a small bowl and selecting the smallest cup serving on the display.  Nice hot water comes out and a minute after I add some dark brown sugar and I have breakfast.  This discovery happened when I was working and eating the prepackaged style oatmeal in a cup.  The microwave at the office was scary, and since I did not make the mess I refused to clean it up.  So one day I was inspired and stuck it under the Keurig and it dispensed just the right amount of hot water, right to the line on the inside of the cup.  Fantastic!  I prefer the old fashioned oats because there are too many things in the ingredient list on most prepackaged ones that I cannot pronounce and identify.  I then made it in a larger, travel coffee cup because I could eat it in the car on the way to work if I was really hungry.  If you try it, be sure to get water in that cup asap after you eat it because the stuff dries like wallpaper paste if  you don’t.

I swear I’d be okay with snow right now.  Before y’all think I’ve got a short circuit in my brain let me explain.  IF it has to be cold and dreary outside, all overcast and blah, it might as well snow.  At least then it is pretty to look at, and not depressing as it is now outside the window by my desk.  The better option, of course, would be warm breezes and sunshine.  I may need to consider tanning again, this weather is a downer and I need my UV rays to stay happy.   I keep dreaming of swimming in my brother’s pool, even if they DO have an Indianapolis Colts symbol painted on the bottom.

I spent part of the morning scrubbing my Facebook.  I had said earlier this year I wasn’t posting negative crap anymore but found myself sucked into it by news reports of the rioting etc.  There is SO much good in this world that never makes it to the news because no one wants to see that, they prefer the negative.  Life is beautiful and good, and I’m not going to be an avenue for pushing that negative agenda.  I stopped watching the news months ago because I couldn’t take one more negative thing, then started watching the coverage of Lauren Hill because I found her so incredibly inspirational.  That led to seeing other stories and next thing I know it is a steady diet of doom again.  No more news, I will seek out specific stories online and stay away from the junk.

Despite being up for several hours now, it is nearly 11am and I’m still in my jammies.  After my morning phone call with my daughter I was so tempted to go back to bed.  Seems at 51 years old I still don’t have enough sense to go to bed and sleep at a decent hour.  At 2am I was still awake and texting someone.  I had just finished a book I was reading and was too wired to doze off.  I am paying for the shenanigans now, dead tired but too much to do and less hours to get it done in now than planned.  Do they sell self control and discipline at Walmart??? This chick sure could use some.

Time for a shower, and a lot more coffee.

 

Wine & Cheese ~ 91st Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Most Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 91st serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

:(  I went out to check the mail today and bring in the trash can from the curb.  Just as I grabbed the handle to roll it in, the damn tornado sirens went off for their monthly test.  Scared me half to death, lost 10 years off my life right there on the apron of the driveway.  I’d say they ought not test in winter, but we have had snow, thunderstorms, temperatures in the upper 60’s and tornadoes. All in one week.  In January.  The weather in Cincinnati is always interesting.

:(  Grrrr!!! My publisher called today to check on the progress of my non-fiction book.  Guess I really need to F.O.C.U.S. and finish it.  The novel is waiting for me too.  Time management is a real challenge for me lately.

:(  Sons Of Anarchy Spoiler Alert  If you did not watch last night’s episode, stop reading right now…..OMG really????  I mean I get that Gemma can be a real bitch, but wow, offing your own mother?  And Unser??  Juice, though he died too, at least in the end was still all SAMCRO loyal.  I hate that this show is ending, it is one I need to buy all seasons when it comes out as a package.

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:)  Our trees are up!  They are not decorated yet but they are standing, fluffed and lit, which is a major start at this point.

:)  My baby girl already put in a request for her blanket for the baby.  I make each grandchild one when they are born so she wanted to be sure I knew which one she likes the most.  It’s top secret for now, just between us.  I will get to work on that right after the holidays so it’s ready for the baby shower(s).  I am finishing up the one for my newest grandson at the moment, a bit over due but he is so tiny still that it’s okay.  Nana has been a very busy lady lately but cannot wait to work on this next one!!!

:)  I have more books to read than I can possibly get too right now, and I love it!  My Kindle Fire is full of reading crack!  Now all I need is wine and time!

:)  Just got a cup of fresh, hot coffee.  Little things just rock my world!

DESSERT

All us ladies do this, don’t we!

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