I rejoined Weight Watchers about a week ago, the online version this time, and I’m pretty glad I did. the last time I did WW was 7 years ago. I lost over 115 lbs, and I felt great, but I got too skinny and WW still wanted me to lose more. I couldn’t. I got depressed and gave up.
WW has changed a lot since then. I was able to select my own goal weight (I chose a number that was usual for me my freshman year of college.), the points system is more flexible, I can eat all the fruit I can get my hands on (Green Bean Delivery keeps me in fruit!) and the tools on the online plan do make it easy for me to track. I’ve been cooking more. Making my own tortillas (more experiments on that to come), creating chicken-based alternatives to my usual pork sausage/beef taco meat. It’s all new again right now, so I’m not bored with it yet. I hope I can stick with it and not get frustrated this time.
One thing that is part of my diet these days is kombucha. I did a post on it a while back; my first experiments didn’t go so well. I have a system now. My SCOBY is nice and thick, and I am able to brew up a batch of about 2L every other week. I’ve found that adding a little POM juice before the second ferment makes a really tasty “soda”. I do my second ferment in 1L mason jars in the pantry. Works marvelously!
Today is the last day of 2012. Better than 2011 for me, but I am ready to let it go. 2013 should be amazing. I’m turning 40 (30), I’m going to be getting the house ready for my move to the west coast in 2014, I’m going to be busier and healthier than I’ve been in a long time. Happy New Year!
The person who wrote this is a member of my family of choice, and while I knew that this was a part of her history, I wasn’t cognizant of just how emotionally draining the concept of “domestic abuse” is. I’ve never been physically abused by a man, although one did hit me once. Once. I am lucky.
I hope that anyone who reads this and sees herself (or himself!) in it finds the strength to find help.
I’m lying, gut crumpled on the kitchen floor in a dingy two-room apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts. Stupidly, I remember that I washed and waxed that cracked linoleum this morning. I see a spot I must have missed over there…right past the blood streaming from my nose. It’s hard to breathe. I snort. Blood sprays. My head pounds. I think I connected with the chipped refrigerator door twice. I’m not sure about that. I’m dizzy. He rears up and kicks me, laughing. Profanity. From him. Lots of it.
We are pleased to announce that Dekota (Cody) Tegtmeier was found at his father’s house on 7-17 was detained, is now safe and in protective custody. At the request of my legal team, I am unable to disclose more details than that. When the ink on the papers is dry, we will update this page. Here is to healing and a bright future for my son and our entire family. Thank you to everyone who helped in our quest to find Cody.
You don’t need the freshest bread to get a great result; buy clearance bread off the post-sell date rack at the bakery after 9pm! Save a few bucks. In fact, I find that if I slice my bread the night before and set it in a colander in the fridge, the slightly stale, dryer bread soaks up my batter better and I get a lighter, fluffier breakfast.
These are great ways to use up overripe berries (it doesn’t have to be blueberries: I’ve made this with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.). The recipes calls for frozen because they tend to give off the most liquid when you boil them, but add a little water when you use fresh berries and you will get a pretty good result. You can also freeze your overripe berries to change the texture of them before making syrup. The freezing process breaks down the cellular walls and makes the fruits “pulpier”.
For a berry soda with no HFCS, add a tablespoon of the soda syrup to club soda.
For a tasty anti-oxidant rich topping on your breakfast or dessert, try this:
I started making syrup because I’m impatient in the morning. Adding sugar to my coffee and then stirring and stirring until it was fully integrated just irritated me. Making simple syrup and using that instead made it easy. Adding flavors to simple syrup created more options, for coffee and for soda. Add a tablespoon to coffee, club soda, or water. Below are some of my favorite recipes.
When adding flavors there are a few things to consider. Some ingredients change flavor dramatically when they are boiled, so you need to work a little differently.
Other flavors fill out on boiling, like a tea, and are ideal for the simple syrup process.
PLEASE help us find this kid. I know him personally. His mother is a dear friend of mine and she is living through hell not knowing where her kid is! Repost, pass it on!
He WILL be found! So Mote It Be!
I received another “reverse cold call” today — a call from a potential client who got my name from someone and is interested in working with me. Someone asked how do I do it. Positive attitude has something to do with it, but these are the things I’ve noticed that seem to help me manifest work…sometimes more than I can handle.
Step one: get a reputation.
Step two: specialize.
Step three: network.
Step Four: share the wealth.
Step Five: get an awesome assistant.
Since I’ve been doing s a few projects requiring crochet skills, I decided to brush up on them with a couple of simple projects using yarn I had “laying around”. I made this simple cap with mostly double and triple stitches, in the round, and some decreasing. I forgot the you should really start a cap at the top, so I kind of worked backwards, but it worked.
I’ve also discovered that Kitteh is very much a “ball of yarn” kind of kitteh. I will have to get photos of that as it is quite amusing. I know not to let her around the yarn unattended, though, and keep my projects in a box when I’m not around. I know too many people who have spent thousands getting yarn cut out of cat bellies.
I also made another set of scrubbies from a roll of that bridal tulle I had laying around. This time, I got the “in the round” right and they are all a nice, flat circle about 4″ in diameter. It seems like one roll of bridal tulle, cut in half (that’s the PITA part) makes 5 of these almost exactly. Now I just need to learn to work the saw so I can cut the roll in half quickly!