Update

 

I tripped over 3 things in the past 2 weeks, and consequently, did not keep up with my PT. Was it justified? I don’t know. I know the first time, it was pretty bad, and I felt like it really needed to rest. The other two were just precautionary, and then I think I got lazy. It happens.

My mental state isn’t that great right now. I’m bummed because Stressor is stressing me out, and because I got a few rejections in my Inbox. Nothing says lovin’ like, “You’re awesome, but pass.” Granted, no one said exactly that… but still…

I am dieting… Am I dieting? I don’t know. All I know is that I decided to document my calorie intake, and after only two days of doing this, I’m already trying to lower it. I am also trying to break my newly-acquired soda habit. I had one today instead of two. I also had a sandwich with it, and that nearly doubled my calorie intake for the day, but I had to do something, I was feeling so blah.

Am I depressed? I don’t think so. It’s more like external pressures are pressuring me, and I’m just trying to stay afloat.

Give Me Strength.

We have a right to be angry…

Stressor continues to greet me as though I am the largest piece of shit in the world. It makes it difficult to keep a solid day of believing in myself. I can’t avoid this person (well, any more than I have been), so mostly I’m just venting here for venting’s sake, and maybe a little reassurance.

An old friend of mine wrote to ask my opinion on something. On the one hand, it was overwhelming- because she was asking for a considered opinion, not a one-word answer. On the other, it was validating that she sees me as someone whose opinions are sought after.

The job hunt has not been going well in terms of seeing fruit for my labor. I have been vigilant and thorough in presenting myself in my best possible light, but so far, nothing. As we discussed in my last blog, I needed to step away and maybe find some balance. It. Is. Not. Easy. I’ll tell you that much. With me stressing myself out, bystanders asking how things are going, and Stressor breathing down my neck…

So, I have taken some time to do some “me stuff”. I got a haircut, teeth cleaned, etc. I spent today cleaning set-in stains off of my pillow and mattress cover- stains that happened during the medical stuff, and that really just bummed me out colossally thereafter.

I also did some cleaning up in the craft room. Again, I found some stuff from Xmas. I’m not really surprised. Things were much harder than… I went back and read my posts from the last two years. It shocked me. And validated me.

Girlfriend has been lovely, but she also wants me to be able to stand on my own two feet. At least she’s usually kinder about it though.

I also trimmed and polished my toenails, and I’m loving them. I did my fingernails, too, but the polish has since worn off.

My ankle continues to improve, but I keep tripping up on various things, which has made recovery from the break harder.

Valentine’s Day: Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

It’s been a while since I’ve shared the love, so here’s my updated reading list. If I’ve forgotten your blog, don’t read too much into it, I just forgot.

Oh, and if for some reason, you’d rather I didn’t link to you, that’s totally fine. Just let me know, and I will update this post next week.

In order of appearance on my Reader today, some of my favorites, and what I love about each blog.

 

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights: For pretty pictures, great writing, chocolate, and all sorts of good stuff!

Things My Belly Likes: For a great sense of humor, good content, and easy-to-adapt recipes!

Sophie’s Food Files: For creative recipes and because Sophie is just awesome in general.

Garden Fairy Farm: Did you know I like gardening? I do. I’ve been following this blog for about a year, and it’s always good reading.

Lucy’s Friendly Foods: Great recipes specifically geared towards people with food allergies.

Pay Dirt: Her sense of humor makes this a fun read, plus the easy-to-understand gardening tips.

You Can’t Eat That: Allergy-friendly recipes? Yes, please.

Healthy Frenchie: A nice mix of fashion, workout, recipes, and good conversation.

 

Cookies

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I used to make cookies all the time, but had stopped by the time my partner came into my life. I thought I’d been into cookies, ha! When I met her, she was mailing huge multi-pound boxes of cookies all over the place every year for the holidays. And she’s great at it… so I felt a little like, “ok, you’ve got this.”

But the truth is, I love making cookies- how the aroma permeates the air, how you tell yourself you are going to just try one, “to see how they turned out”, and one turns into more than one. I like my cookies relatively plain. Most of the fancier cookies I’m allergic to anyway. Give me a chocolate chip cookie any day, and I’m happy.

So, these are my cookies, made with the help of pre-packaged ingredients lovingly assembled by my cookie expert. The recipe came from the back of the chocolate chip bag. And, of course, they are the best ones I’ve made to date.

Sharing is Caring: Barilla: “If gays don’t like it, they can eat another brand of pasta.”

There are plenty of other pasta choices out there for gays, straights, and everyone in between.


Wordless Wednesday: Camp Breakfast

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In other words, how many different ways can you make eggs, veggies, and faux breakfast sausages? I did not cook at all during this trip. Everything pictured was made by the gf. More photos to come! 🙂

More Awards, Yay!

So, this is where I’m at right about now.

I am truly floored by the love and support from each of my followers. Thank you so much for your wonderful posts and thoughtful comments.

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Liebster Award

Thank you Dispatches From The Gypsy Roller!

It’s been great watching this blog evolve from a blog about cooking in the tiny kitchen of a trailer to maintaining healthy choices in the midst of change.

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Some translations of “liebster” into English from the German:

beloved
dearest
sweetheart

The purpose of the Liebster Award is to highlight the efforts and contributions of those who are new to blogging. Here are the guidelines for the award:

  • Add the award icon to your blog.
  • Link to your nominator to say thank you.
  • Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

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Here are 11 facts about myself:

1. I used to take pictures of almost everything I ate. Oddly enough, I do that less now that I have a blog. Weird. (EDIT: BECAUSE MY CAMERA AND PUTER ARE NOT SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER RIGHT NOW).

2. I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

3. I started this post around Xmas time, and somehow never got back to it.

4. That quote about introverts and extroverts at a party: both can do it, but the introvert feels drained afterwards, while the extrovert feels energized. Yes. (I WAS MOSTLY THINKING OF ALL OF THE XMAS HOOPLA WHEN I WROTE THIS ONE, BUT IT HOLDS UP FOR OTHER SITUATIONS AS WELL.)

5. I’m allergic to soy. And nuts. And fish. And a few other things. These are only issues when I’m around others. People can be surprisingly careless.

6. I like cake. A lot.

7. My laundry basket is sometimes so full that I could decorate it with ornaments and use it for an Xmas tree. (OR, YOU KNOW, A SUMMER TREE WITH ORNAMENTS…).

8. I went swimming once so far this summer.

9. I eat the same things most of the time.

10. I find these lists really hard to complete.

11. I like iced coffee. (ALL YEAR, BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME).

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Here are my answers:

  1. What do you think are the three best items to donate to the food bank? Corn, artichokes, and beans. Because I like them, and maybe other people would, too.
  2. What book are you currently reading and would you recommend it? I am not reading much of anything at the moment, but the last book I re-read was Unbearable Lightness. Yes, I would recommend it, though it might be triggering for those who have or had eating disorders.
  3. How do you typically spend your time between eating dinner and going to bed? On the computer or watching a movie.
  4. Describe your favourite local restaurant. It is this cute little Italian place, where everyone remembers you and your likes/dislikes.
  5. What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food? See aforementioned Italian food. I consider coffee a guilty pleasure, too, because it isn’t that great for you, but sometimes it helps get you through the day.
  6. Who is your favourite artist? Well, I like the courage of Kahlo, but it’s hard to pick an overall favorite. Different art for different moods.
  7. What is your favourite fruit or vegetable that grows in or around the area you live in? Tomatoes from the garden. Hothouse tomatoes are garbage.
  8. Which quality do you appreciate most in people? Loyalty.
  9. Describe favourite way to spend $10. Lunch. Probably a caprese panini with iced tea. ( I JUST SPENT $10 DOING EXACTLY THAT. GUESS I CALLED THAT ONE.)
  10. In a perfect world, who would cook you dinner every night? The chefs at my favorite restaurant.
  11. Which kitchen utensil or piece of cook wear do you use the most? I have a smallish fry pan that’s the perfect size for most meals.

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Here are my nominees: 

Do you want to play? Well, consider yourself tagged for any of these awards. I am very selective about the blogs I read, so if I’m mentioning a blog, it’s because I actually read and enjoy it. Many of my favorites no longer accept awards, and I believe it’s best to share the love anyway.
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I am currently reading:
Aside from the blogs already mentioned in this post, I am currently reading the following. If I forgot your blog, it doesn’t mean I don’t read it anymore, it just didn’t show up on the Reader when I made the list.
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http://veggiewitch.wordpress.com/

http://peacelovequinoa.com/

http://veganmonologue.wordpress.com/

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Here are my questions:
1. Alvin, Simon, or Theodore and why?
2. What is your favorite lunch?
3. Favorite summer activity?
4. Favorite salad?
5. Favorite cartoon as a kid?
6. Do you garden?
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
8. Favorite small appliance?
9. I blog best when I…
10. Favorite movie?
11. Song that is stuck in your head?
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Shine On Award

Thank you You Can’t Eat That!

You Can’t Eat That is devoted to demonstrating all of the wonderful culinary options available to people with food allergies.

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Illuminating Blogger Award

Thank you Peri’s Spice Ladle!

Peri’s Blog is *the* place to go to for accessible Indian recipes.

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Blog of the Year 2012

Thank you Healthy Frenchie!

Do you like healthy living? Dogs? Cool pictures of scenery? All can be found at Healthy Frenchie. Good stuff!

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Happy Xmas in July! 🙂