Sunday, August 24, 2008

non-food related post

It's hard not to post about the adventures with food. There are so many right now as we tweak the diet, and we're discovering amazing things, good and bad

Still, there are other things going on, right? Dad has been cleared to drive and to travel, so his sternum is mostly healed. The heart doctor is amazed and pleased by his progress, so yay! His friend left yesterday, and he's planning his next trip to MN in a few weeks (3 to 4). Go him.


work is crazy

I should post this, as it's been sitting as a drfat for weeks

Saturday, August 23, 2008

adventures in food shopping

where is all the Chinese hot mustard? especially gluten free?

However, we did get some lovely peaches, some zucchini, summer squash, onions and black eyed peas and green beans at the farmer's market. The peaches are yummy

So are macaroons in a can. Jennie's Macaroons come in a can, and they're gluten and dairy free. They're kind of amazing.

Had a yummy breakfast taco at the Central Market, which is like a Whole Foods. There was soy yogurt (o.O) and more gluten free pretzels and all manner of fun stuff, but the best part was going to the local grocery and having the deli folks be incredibly nice when we got meat and asked them to wipe down the machine, just in case... They were very, very cool

okay, I give up. Off to bed

Thursday, August 21, 2008

the ups and downs

the new diabetes diet has its ups and downs

Up? We're not hardly eating out at all, and even though the grocery bill has gone up, we're saving money. Before, we were buying groceries and tossing half of them, because we would get in a hurry and order chinese or pizza, or go get hamburgers

Down? Trying to come up with something to eat every two hours. Not a problem, you say? You used to eat every five minutes. Well, yeah, but chips and dip and Snickers are not an option now ;)

Up? I'm rarely hungry. I mean, by the time I eat again, I'm ready, but I don't have those gnawing, your body is killing itself hungry times

Down? I rarely have that wonderful feeling of anticipation for food. Like the excitement of trying a new restaurant, or going out to have that special birthday meal

Up? My sugars are down nearly 400 points in 3 weeks, without drugs or insulin

Down? I really want a Snickers

Now, lest you think the downs outweigh the ups, let me tell you about arepas. Venezuelan corn cakes, fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside. There's rice flour tempura, with veggies and tofu, where the tofu actually tastes good. Light and fluffy and crunchy.

tonight was a chicken salad mediterraean, with olives and artichoke hearts and veggies and a little goat cheese for me (not dairy free girl) . It was yummy.

In other news, I still think most people suck. I'm sick to death of criticisms that are about axe grinding and not about anything real. I know, I know, when it comes from the same three or four people, even people who know nothing about the situation have to wonder what their deal is, but it's still hard to see, day in and day out, especially when most of these people wouldn't know me if I whacked them with one of our books out in the street (which is tempting).

Bah. I need to just go work and shut up. I'm grumpy and tired

Thursday, August 14, 2008


really. this is the second month where my female business has hit so hard that I would just as soon die as do anything. Luckily, this month I'm not on a plane, but I'm pretty miserable.

I need to get with the promo. Been falling down on that all over. Really, everyone needs to get with the promo. Been a slow month so far

The protein drink for breakfast? foul. I need to add some agave syrup next time. Yeesh. The problem is that it really is the best way for me to get protein early in the day without having an egg. The chocolate is better than the berry, but wow.

/me makes note to have S ask doctor what to do for 38 year old hormones and cramps;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

update on dad

he's doing well. The PT lady had him walk a whole block outside yesterday, which was kind of stressful, as it's hot hot, but they're working toward getting him to the mailboxes and back, so yay. His very good friend B comes in today, so he'll be very happy for at least 10 days. Yay.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

axe grinding and better stuff

everyone has an axe to grind. I have them. Just ask S. I hate the new Olympic swimmer bodysuits. I hate the gymnastics scoring. I loathe the Subway commercials that go on and on about how eating anywhere else makes you a fat slob that needs more deodorant...

Do you think Subway cares?

This is what I have to tell myself. When you start a business, especially a small, grassroots one, you don't expect those people with axes to grind. You tell yourself that you've never done a thing to them, so what's the deal?

Well, hell, Nike's never done a thing to me, and I still hate their swimming unitard.

In better news, I'm on the (modified, as I'm not allergic to wheat) eating plan with S and L and even A, and my sugars are down from averaging 600-800 to 300 ish. In a week and a half, with no meds. I've also lost 6 pounds, and the puppies are halfway to being leash trained, which they were sadly lacking. I still have issues, for sure. I have a lot of unhealthy habits, but you know, I'm getting there.

At least I hope I am. Some days just seem tougher than others.

Monday, August 11, 2008


people who work in your yard before 9am ought to be shot

Sunday, August 10, 2008

lord I'm tired

saw my brother off (yes, I drove him to the airport) this morning, at the ass crack of dawn.

Dad is doing really well. He's going to have one heck of a scar, and he tires easily, but he's doing great. Everyone seems kind of surprised, but I always remind the nurses that he didn't have a heart attack, they found his blockage through routine screenings. They ended up doing a quad bypass, not a triple, but he's still recovering nicely. The big thing seems to be his sugars, which have dropped like a hot rock, so he's backing off the diabetes meds for now, until he's eating more.

Me? Well, I'm very hormonal, which means I'm paranoid, whiny, and slow. I had my little breakdown last night while I was supposed to be sleeping, though, and today decided that there's no sense in bitching about all of my shit. It just annoys me and other folks.

My brother was very good with dad, and despite how I bitch, it was good to have him.

I did stop at the big W world for some retail therapy on the way home, and got an ugly pair of shoes that are insanely comfy, a new frying pan and a new electric kettle. This makes me happy, though I might have to go to the Cato later and get cute, cheap clothes