Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rattling Around in the Old Noggin

I am going to pound out a few quick thoughts.   No, they are not Tidbits and there may or may not be Ten, so this is completely different that Top Ten Tidbits.  

I am completely uninspired to come up with a title or write more than two sentences at a time.

Bear with me.

So what profound nonsense is rattling around in the old noggin today? 
  • Harry got the Men's Basketball reporting gig he wanted.  Super happy for him.  He will be writing for Devils in the Details.  Can't wait to read his coverage!
  • The cold front is here!  Hallelujah!  It is breezy as all get out and the temps are dropping!
  • We drug out the watercolors while Lana was here.  I am totally digging painting with watercolors.  There are such pretty colors! 

Can you tell what these are? 

  • This Is Us - hands down, the best new show on television.  I love it.  Followed very closely by Designated Survivor.  Also a major fan.  If you are not watching these two shows, do yourself a favor and DVR them.  Just trust me. 
  • What are you watching that you love?  Share.
  • I haven't had any alcohol in about a six weeks.  Just making sure I could go without.  Took that out of my friend Liz's playbook (Hey Liz!)  Good news…. I missed it, but not too bad.  The alcohol hiatus ends tonight!  I grabbed a bottle of Yellow Tail at the store today.  I am making Chicken Parmesan for dinner and that just goes perfectly with a little Merlot. 
  • Speaking of wine and chicken parmesan….my Whole30 ended up being a Whole16…screwed up on Day 16.  I blame my period.  Although it is now 3 days late and in this peri-menopausal stage I am in, there is absolutely no telling when or if it will ever start again.  Hormones are real.  I love being a woman.  It is the best. 
  • Have you seen the clip of the Chicago Cubs player Rizzo apologizing to the umpire.  What a nice kid.  I am joining his fan club.
  • I am trying to get Bob and Lana to watch The Office from the beginning to the end.  They are not cooperating.  We have been watching and re-watching various clips and that show just cracks us up.  
  • Only one more week left in our Bible Study.  It has been a great one.  
  • Harry is watching House Hunters on the regular.  His favorite is House Hunters Tiny Houses.  He had me cracking up with his commentary on the show!  Ask him about it when you see him. 
  • Me and Martha saw and heard two owls on our walk yesterday morning.  Owls are so cool. 
  • Chip's friends are starting to get their driver's permits.  AACCKKKKK!!!!  Can it already be time?   
  • I had lunch with my friend and old neighbor Karen yesterday.  I miss her.  I am also super jazzed about visiting her house when it is done.  It is going to be spectacular.  Also, her daughter might be heading to ASU for her Master's degree.  Goooo Devils! 
  • I feel a house purge coming on…something about the seasons changing makes we want to clean closets!  
That's it for now folks!  

Tomorrow is Friday!  Woo Hoo!  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Top Ten Tidbits

We had company in town recently and I got derailed from my regular blogging, bed making, doing a load of laundry routine!  I am all out of whack!  Let's see if we can right this ship and bang out a quick Top Ten to start off the week:

1.  Harry flew into town during his fall break to get his wisdom teeth removed.  During our consultation on Thursday afternoon, the dentist said his upper wisdom teeth were in his sinus cavity and it would likely cause a tear.  Not that unusual in the wisdom teeth world, but a problem for us because repairing a hole in your sinuses restricts your ability to fly for about 3 weeks.  Hmmm, Harry was supposed to fly back to school four days after having his wisdom teeth removed.  That wasn't going to work.  Would we be driving him back?  The dentist thought Harry could postpone the surgery a bit longer and get them removed at Christmas break.  It might be pushing it - but if Harry will swish his mouth with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide twice daily to avoid an infection he can make it until December.  I was much happier with that plan and we busted out of there with an appointment in December and a weekend of regular food and no ice packs!  Hooray!

2. Bob and Lana's visit was great.  We didn't do any big projects but there was laughter, crafts, football and food!  They brought a new card game with them..."99 or Bust"…. and it was great fun for the whole family (even though there was math involved!)   If you want to buy it, they found it on Amazon.

3.  Do I want a puppy?  I really think I do.  Then, I think I don't.  Mostly, I don't because adding in "letting out a puppy, feeding a puppy and letting a puppy out again" to my 4:30 a.m. morning routine would be a game changer.  Would I have to get up at 4:15?  That is early.  Can I still squeeze in coffee and a bathroom break for myself before walking.  I know it wouldn't be forever but it would definitely be a schedule challenge.

4.  Freshman football has given us some exciting games, even though they didn't get the "W" for the last couple of weeks.  My Chip is getting so consistent with his hikes that I don't even think about it any more.  It's like he has always been a center.  After last weeks game, Chip came up in his sweaty football gear and gave me a big hug and thanked me for coming.  He does that every week.  Some moms were standing next to us and they said "Wow, I don't get that."  Made me proud and grateful.  Then yesterday, when I wanted him to get the Halloween decorations out of the attic he said "Why can't you do it?" and I wanted to throat punch him.  So, it all evens out.

5.  Me and Chip volunteered with a playgroup for kids with disabilities this past weekend.  We played kickball and had a blast.  Highlight….a little pumpkin that wanted to give me a high ten every time he got on base.  By the time it was over, we were counting by tens up to 100 every time he advanced.  Kickball and counting by tens…smiles all around.  Lowlight….Chip was throwing the ball around, trying to intentionally miss a kid who was racing around the bases.  The kid took a wacky turn and Chip's ball hit him in the feet and knocked him to the ground. Whoops.  The kid was okay, but Chip felt terrible.  Met and chatted with some sweet mommas.  They are nurturing warriors.  Mothering those sweet kids and giving them every opportunity possible to excel exactly right where they are.  I wanted to hug them all.  So I did.

6.  Halloween candy.  Will be the death of me.

7.  Harry is doing great in school.  Trying out for some new reporting positions.  Fingers crossed he gets what he is hoping for.  He is also going to lots of Fall League baseball games.  He saw Tim Tebow play.  Said he wasn't too bad.  After Harry's flat tire and dead battery, we finally got around to getting a AAA membership. How much do you want to bet he never needs it now?  I am okay with that!  But how much do you want to bet that if he needs it, he won't remember he has it?  Note to the  global internet community…or to the four people who read this nonsense….if I start bellyaching about something going on with Harry's truck, please remind me we have AAA.

8.  How about the Crimson Tide? They sure looked good against Tennessee.  Not sure they will hold up against Texas A&M this weekend.  Should be a doozy.  I did hear one announcer this weekend ask "What team out there can beat Alabama?" and the other announcer said "Maybe the Dallas Cowboys."  I thought that was funny.  Nick Saban sure has some excellent athletes and he always seems to have them prepared.

9.  For some random reason, Chip got out some nerf guns this weekend.  I haven't seen a nerf gun in two years and now I am finding nerf bullets all over the house.

10.  My fall holiday Can Men are out and about!

Have an awesome Monday!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bob and Lana Are Coming

Bob and Lana are coming!  Bob and Lana are coming!  

My folks should be rolling in here around 3:00 this afternoon and will be here until Monday.  It has been a while since they have made the trip to Texas, so I am very much looking forward to spending some quality time with them.   They texted me this morning and told me they were stopping for lunch to get something full of fat before they arrive at the Whole 30 house.  They are scared.  They should know we have a stock of Little Debbie's and their goodie basket is filled with all kinds of junk food for their stay.  I don't have any major plans, projects or renovations to tackle while they are here, but we will watch some Dragon freshman football, maybe get an oil change, do a little shopping, eating, etc.  It will be a great visit no matter what we do.  

In honor of their upcoming visit…let's look at a few pictures from previous visits:

And pictures of Bob's area on the kitchen counter:

We will be making more memories!  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekend in Review

First, let's cover the Whole30 Challenge I started on Saturday.  Day Three has dawned and I am doing great.  No cravings, faced a couple of challenges over the weekend, but so far so good.  Here are a few meals I have eaten…

Sweet potato mashed with garlic and onions - topped with an egg - baked in the oven until set and  then topped with some crumbled bacon and fresh herbs from my little garden.  Delicious. 

Hamburger patty with onions and mushrooms and a small salad topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.  I think those leftovers will be lunch for today! 

Baked potato topped with taco meat, avocado, olives, tomatoes and jalapeƱos. 

Some pretty hardy meals.  A plate full of food.  But, I have not been snacking between meals.  Not really hungry. Feeling satisfied.  The hard days are coming.  I know that from past experience. Sugar demons are hard to conquer. 

I am going to document the challenges I overcame this weekend to give myself a well deserved pat on the back…and provide some inspiration for myself in the days to come!  One meal at a time.  One bite at a time.  Put real food in your body.  The end.  
  • Chip and I volunteered at the Chalk Walk this weekend.  It is a little festival in our town featuring some super cool chalk art.  In addition to the cool art….there was fair food everywhere!  Fried oreos, kettle corn, footlong corn dogs, snow cones, empanadas, funnel cakes.  The smells coming from those food vendors were super tempting.  We did a four hour shift on clean up committee so we patrolled all over that festival, picking up trash wherever we found it. It also meant we walked by the food vendors at least 75 times.  Nothing for me.  I'll take some water, please.  What a champ! 
  • I had "Book Club" last night at a cool little spot downtown.  (I put the "Book Club" in parentheses because we quit making it about books months ago.  Now we just call it Club.  Just a reason to get together with some really cool ladies and visit.)  The menu looked amazing, but I ate before I went.  The other girls had also already eaten, so they just ordered dessert….and wine.  I do miss wine. The desserts looked amazing…bread pudding served in a cast iron skillet with ice cream, chocolate swirl cake, cheesecake with bananas, bacon and caramel.  What?  Nothing for me.  I'll take some water, please.   Honestly, it wasn't too hard.  Proud of myself.
So, Day 1 and 2 were a piece of cake.  Day 3, I have Bible Study tonight and there will be snacks put out for the ladies, but I will plan to eat dinner early and just enjoy a cup of coffee.  Day 4 and 5 were hard last time, but Bob and Lana will be rolling into town, so that will be a great distraction!  Then Harry will be home and operation Wisdom Teeth Removal will be underway!  By the time, they head out I will be on Day 11 and it is downhill from there! 

A few other random topics….

Alabama looked good this weekend against Kentucky.  We have Arkansas (#16) this weekend.  Should be a good game.  Tennessee (#9) and A&M (#8) coming up at the end of October.  Yikes!  Talk about running into a buzz saw!  Not sure the Tide can pull off an undefeated October - but we will be yelling for them!  I sure like watching that freshman quarterback, Jalen Hurts.  He is unlike any Alabama QB I can remember.  

So, about that Chalk Walk….

This is chalk.  In a parking lot spot.  Isn't it amazing?  This lady won first place.  Her finished product was beautiful.  I can't stand the thought of it raining! 

These butterflies are everywhere.  There is some kind of migration happening that has hundreds, maybe thousands, of these beauties in the neighborhood.  I don't remember them from years past.  Not sure how long it will last, but I was so happy to have my phone with me on a walk to get a quick picture.  There were  probably fifty of them flitting around this bush in my neighbors yard. 

We need a new mattress.  Why is that such a daunting task?  So expensive that you just want to make sure you get a good one.  Should we upgrade to a king size or just stick with the queen size we have always had?  Will that require an upgrade to the bedroom furniture we have had since before we were married?  If we get  a kingsize mattress, at a minimum we will certainly need new sheets, new comforter, new bed skirt.  Ugh.  Even typing that, I already want to stick to a queen. Snowball affect of upsizing would be a pain.  Any recommendations on a mattress you absolutely love?

Wonder what will grow in my raised vegetable garden in the winter?  May try some lettuce varieties.

Hubby came home from a week in Boston late on Saturday night.  Sunday morning he was up and at 'em early.  I failed to tell him I bought a new coffee pot while he was gone.  He was a bit traumatized.  He ran it without any coffee in it the first time.  Made some nice hot water.  Change is hard.

Hope your weekend was great and that Monday is kind to you.  Have a great week ahead! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Whole30 Challenge

I am going to start a Whole30 on Saturday - October 1st.  Maybe it will be a Whole60 or a Whole90….Wouldn't it be terrific if I could be sugar free, grain free, dairy free, alcohol free until January 1st?  Get through the holidays without indulging in all the crap that makes your pants tight and your body feel so yuck.   Not going to get too far ahead of myself, I will start with Whole30 and see how I feel. The last time I did a Whole30 I felt amazing.  Didn't lose a lot of weight, but felt so healthy, energized and good.  Lots of non-scale victories.  That is really all I want….to feel amazing.

It requires an ass ton of cooking, because it really is just eating real food and real food requires preparation.  Doesn't have to be elaborate.  I am going to do a little research to refresh myself on the rules of the road today and pull together some meal planning for the first week.  I will share what I come up with.  It won't be formal or official - just some general idea of what I want to have on hand to eat.  There will be challenges…I have company coming to town next week - an overnight trip or two may be in my future - Halloween and all the sugar that entails - but it is thirty days.  I can do anything for 30 days.  So can you.  Here is some inspiration.

Won't you join me?  Come on!  It will probably be a topic of many, many of my blogs over the next thirty days, so just jump in and do a Whole30 challenge with me!   Here are the basics:

Read "It Starts With Food"
No Sugar
No Dairy
No Legumes
No Grains
No Alcohol
No Cheating
Let's do it!

In other news…..
  • Chip helped his buddy with his Algebra homework last night.  That's right!  One of my offspring was able to help another human with math.  And, the heavens opened and the angels were singing!  What a glorious day.  I was so proud.  Smarty pants. 
  • I seriously want to talk about the beautiful weather with everyone.  It is so Colorado and/or California like around here.  Glorious.  Just love it. 
  • Harry's truck wouldn't start last Thursday.  Assume it is the battery.  I told him to jump start it and take it to Walmart and let them replace it.  His dad said "You can do it yourself, it isn't that hard."  Why, Why, Why?  Does he not remember the tire change of 2015?  It was a nightmare.  So, it has been a week.  Worked on getting the old battery out for a good while over the weekend.  It didn't go well.  Didn't have the right tools.  Went to the store to get the tools. Got the wrong tools.  Now, another trip to the store is in order to hopefully get the correct tools.  Has to coordinate trips to the store for parts with someone that does have a running car.  I just can't. 
  • Don't tell any of the boys in my family, but I think I might want a puppy.  I'm not 100% sure, so I won't breathe a word of it to them.  But I am definitely missing Astro and having a furry sidekick around. It is a pain in the neck to raise a dog, but I still have a lot of mothering in me and a dog can take a lot of mothering.  Or is that smothering?  Can I smother them with mother love?  Not sure.  Anyway, I am going to sit with it a while and see if the yearning passes or not.  Maybe I am just missing Astro and another dog will never be as awesome as him.  I will keep you posted. 
Happy Thursday!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Weather

The weather is SPECTACULAR!  Like, amazeballs times 1,000.  So, so lovely.  Last night, when I picked up Chip from football practice, he wanted to stay and watch his middle school alma mater Cougars play the Hornets.  Just so happens two of his buddies from baseball were the QBs for each of the 8th grade teams.  We stayed.  We visited.  We cheered for both teams and had a blast!  They gave us a great game on a beautiful evening.

Love these kids.  

 I love sports.  If you haven't seen this video - watch it.  I have watched it several times and cry every time.   Dee Gordon doesn't hit home runs. But this night, with the sorrow of a lost teammate in his heart he hit that ball farther than he has ever hit a ball.  If you haven't seen the pre-game tribute the Marlins put on for Jose Fernandez and heard "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" played on a solo trumpet, please google it. A beautiful tribute to a teammate taken way too young.  

Real life.  Real hard.  


In other news:
  • I listened to The Descendants over the weekend. Great book.  I am seeing a pattern here.  Apparently, I like everything.  At this pace, I am going to run out of free Amazon prime audio books soon.  Must pace myself. 
  • Chip stayed home Monday with a miserable stuffy head.  He is a professional couch potato. 
  • This morning in the car Chip said "Man, this year is going by too fast."  I thought that was only something adults said. 
  • Astro's vet sent a rose to our house with their condolences on Saturday. That was super sweet.  I miss that fur ball.  I catch myself several times through the day thinking about letting him in, letting him out, feeding him, giving him his meds.  I still look for him when I open the door.  I worked in the yard this weekend and he was not out there to keep me company.  UPS dropped off a box yesterday and no one barked to let me know they were here.  I just found the box on the doorstep.  

    That is all.  Happy Hump Day. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Farewell Astro

We said goodbye to our boy Astro on Friday.  It was a hard day.  He was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver several months ago and was home with us on hospice care.  The steroid and anti-inflammatory meds worked really well and he was eating well and seemed happy and pain free.  He has had a couple of "incidents" in the last few months were he has fallen or couldn't get up, but he always recovered and seemed no worse for the wear. 

On Friday it was different.  He was wobbly, staggering, disoriented and distant.  It was hard to see him like that.  He wouldn't come to me.  He wouldn't get up.  He seemed exhausted.  

I did the only thing I knew to do and I just laid next to him on the patio and told him what a good boy he was.  Told him it was okay.  Kept my hand on his sweet head, studying his face.  I am not sure he knew I was there.  I took this picture of him because I knew it would be the last and I wanted to freeze time.  He looks tired.  He was ready.  I was certain it was time. I am glad that I was certain. 

We got him to the vet and within thirty minutes or so it was time.  The medicine went in and within mere seconds he was gone.  It was remarkably quick.  The vet had warned us it would be.  There was no struggle.  No panic.  Just peace. 

He was a great dog.  I know everyone says that about their own dog, but he REALLY was a great dog.  There will never be another like him.  So glad that we got to be his family.
He will be missed. 
Rest in peace, Astro.