Friday, July 31, 2009
Hope everyone has a good (and safe) weekend!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Also in those few days, I came out to my car after a long day at work to find my car battery dead. And for some reason now, the "D" doesn't illuminate on my dashboard when I'm in Drive. Which ridiculously shocked me the first time I noticed it--my thought process was like Am I dead? Who's driving this thing? Is it driving itself? Is it a ghost car? Wait, is it possible I'm not in any gear and driving? (my foot taps the brakes and gas) no, I've got to be in gear--hmm, is it possible the light's out? Yes, I know...genius at work. And on top of everything else, I have not done one Commit2Fit Healthy Habit or stayed in my WW point range since I got back. I've eaten fried food every day, drank coffee and/or beer every day, and have drunk about 2 tablespoons of water since I've gotten back.
I decided to take the wheel on at least one thing, which will hopefully affect more of my life. Yesterday when I visited the hospital, I promised my unconscious friend that I would run a mile every day until she got out of the hospital. I know she's struggling to get better and I wanted her to know she's not alone. I chose something difficult for me but that was also something good/healthy for me. I don't know, maybe I'm floundering, desperate, feeling so helpless, grasping at straws...it was an impulsive promise I made at her side. I know it doesn't come close to the healing process she's undertaking, but God help me, I need to do something that I feel I'm doing with her. We'll see--maybe a better suggestion will illuminate.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Anyhoo, when I booked my trip to New York I made an appointment with the one haircutter who knew my hair and could work with it. Unfortunately, it's been a number of years and it just wasn't the same magic as I remembered it--though she did lighten my hair load quite a bit. Here's the evolution:
Pre-haircut-definitely very long in the face--gotten pretty unflattering--kind of just hanging, begging for a haircut:
Post-haircut-obviously just styled by the haircutter--dried smooth straight--and one can appreciate the flattering framing layers:
Post-post-haircut-obviously in my classic wash-and-go mode, this is what the haircut looks in my lazy, unstylish hands:
When I wake up in the morning, the crueler voice of my inner monologue says, hey! Mick Jagger/Jon Bon Jovi/Richard Marx wants his hair back...oh, wait, keep it, he realized he's in 21st century! or hey is that what Wolverine would look like if he didn't blowdry his hair? On the plus side, if I ever did get around to using a hair dryer & brush and/or flat iron, I'm pretty sure I could get it to look like Karen O or Joan Jett. Hmmm...that would be worth the gumption.
Fortunately, a good friend saved me and I was able to get sucked into the Twilight saga to help bring me out of the pit of distress after reading "The Road". I'm on a brighter road to recovering from this funk.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Fortunately, the main part that the girl wanted to visit was the hall of gems and minerals. Not many people there. Over the years, she has picked up an interest in rocks from her rockhound grandfather, who also happens to be an amateur paleontologist who goes on digs every summer.
We spent most of our visit there, looking at minerals and gems and looking up details in the reference book she had brought with her. Between escaping the havoc of the rest of the museum and the carpeted quiet of the mineral hall, I was ready to pass out. So relieved when the girl was ready to go too. I love this museum and I totally recommend it but it's easier to enjoy when it's not so crowded. We'll be back.
Monday, July 20, 2009
tomalley and eggs. sigh. They don't know what they're missing.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
My sister made these delicious fish tacos and people brought some great wine that I hadn't enjoyed before--prosecco and vinho verde. I hadn't seen a lot of people in years and I was amazed at how great everyone looked--I was like dang...give me the number of your Mary Kay lady... I guess there's something to be said about staying out of the sun.
I will include this picture of this street where my sister lives in the East Village--unfortunately, I don't have a Before shot. But where there was an Eastern European travel agency (the East Village was known for a huge Ukrainian population) is now a tattoo shop. And down the street is now a small but delicious coffee shop populated by dread-locked hipsters. Yet, that shoe repair shop that sells orthopedic shoes is still in business. Pretty wild how places change, even New York.
BTW, the whole Commit2Fit and WeightWatchers programs? Yeah, out the window this trip. I am eating a day's worth of points at each meal and have not completed one healthy habit on this trip. Unfortunately, a pair of pants on this trip has already gotten too tight. Oh well, if I'm going down in flames, at least it's with a smile on my face.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
On the first day in the city, we went to the Central Park Zoo, which I had never been to in the all the years I lived in New York. Funny how having a kid makes you do different things, often things I would have found too touristy (like the last visit where the girl wanted to do the Empire State Building) or things I found too expensive, i.e., that had an entrance fee. But the girl wasn't interested in the bars or diners I had hit recreationally before she came along, so the Zoo it was.
It was a hot and humid day but thankully, the Central Park Zoo is small enough to do in a couple of hours. Honestly, I thought they would have a lion, zebra, hippo, and giraffe a la Madagascar, but they didn't (though they do have penguins). It was still a decent zoo with interesting exhibits--ugh, not the best day to go through the steamy Rainforest exhibit--and the girl enjoyed the Sea Lion show and I loved the polar bears.
The girl and I recommend it--perfect afternoon adventure leaving big chunks of the day to rest and stuff your face.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I'm kind of relieved that the healthy habits are rounding off a bit easier for me. Again, the habits I struggle with the most are the mini meals and timing them 2-3 hours apart.
I'm off to New York tomorrow which coincides with the final week of Commit2Fit. Though I've given myself license to eat in vacation mode, I aim to do at least one day of all the healthy habits during my stay.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Overall, I'd give It's It 3 out of 4 stars. It was very good but to be four stars good, I'd pretty much want to eat this every free day and I see myself eyeing other desserts for my next precious free day.
Unfortunately for my healthy eating habits, I head off to New York and all its deliciousness in a few days. I pretty much expect to go on vacation mode of eating, though my sister (who is a pretty healthy eater) is encouraging me to balance meals of Pommes Frites and donuts with some healthy salads.
Wish me luck.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The hardest habits for me are the mini-meals and calculating the protein and carb counts. The easiest has been drinking the 3 quarts of water and avoiding soda and coffee. A habit I'd like to keep is the 2 hour window of no eating before going to bed and getting plenty of Omega-3s. Looking forward to seeing what the 8th and final healthy habit is next week...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The highlights included the fireworks, which were great, and the ease of it. We went early enough so parking was easy, we brought camp chairs, blankets, drinks, and travel Scrabble to fill our time until the fireworks started.
We did have a couple of stumbles. I had to use the bathroom pretty shortly after we got there so I braved a Port-a-Pot from a bank of them set up across the food vendors. After I emerged from the Port-a-Pot, my mind was simultaneously occupied with how I could beg for hand sanitizer and trying to forget the wet grime I had been standing in. Yeesh, the trauma that could be avoided if I were able to will myself not to look down when inside a Port-a-Pot. My thoughts were interrupted by Velina walking up to me, with a question, "hey Mom, how come you didn't use the Ladies Room?" as she pointed to the women entering and exiting the ladies room behind the food vendors.
The other stumble was our poor timing to send Velina to get her funnel cake. We thought 20 minutes before the fireworks were slated to start would be enough time. Unfortunately we were mistaken--there was a huge line and it was slow cooking in the fry vats at the funnel cake stand. Paul went to stand with her and eventually sent her back to me and Nana after the fireworks started.
Though he could see them from the stand, Paul missed the fireworks to bring Velina this:
It was delicious. Thanks, sweetie.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
And even adding Week 6's Healthy habit- replacing all white/processed flours and grains with whole grains, I remain encouraged. This week's healthy habit isn't so daunting for me as we buy mostly whole wheat carbs and brown rice anyway. The only thing are the white flour tortillas I have in fridge--guess I'm having quesadillas on my free day this week!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
She tried the overhang route on the wall:
But didn't quite make it:
She tried a more direct route on the wall:
And made it to the top:
Needless to say, it's very satisfying reaching the top:
But don't worry, she hasn't given up on the Overhang yet...