I first tried this as a side for steak. It was more miss than hit with the males thus I filed it away. However, it fits nicely in my vegetarian diet and covers a dinner and a lunch for me without too much thinking — and that’s always a win :)
08 Jul 2014 2 Comments
06 Jul 2014 4 Comments
This vegetarian thing seems to be working for me. Yay.
And maybe there is a reason behind it.
While at my nephew’s wedding I chatted with my sister-in-law about the blood type diet she’s been following for years. According to her, and my follow up research, I should be a vegetarian. Now, I haven’t completely cut out diary but I noticed I’ve reduced my intake quite a bit without orchestrating it.
All rather interesting.
As of Wednesday, I’m a pound and a half shy of 20 pounds gone! Woot.
Yep, recalculated calorie intake and burn numbers. Lost another 48 calories this week and upped the amount I need to burn by 20 calories. Rather worried about reaching that number of calories burned each day. Getting the exercise in, beyond my daily walks with Beastie Girl, is a major challenge.
It’s mostly a time thing. Work. Wee beasties out of school equaling a lot of movies and sitting (card and board game type activities) because it is so stinkin’ hot. Feeling guilty if I go somewhere after work to work out, even if only three times a week.
Blood Type Diet: Fact or fiction? Discuss in the comments :)
24 Jun 2014 10 Comments
I finally did it. Only ten years in the making!
Last May, I talked about this tattoo.
I’m completely thrilled with how this turned out.
For those of you on the fence:
Start to finish, this piece took two hours.
I was pleasantly surprised at how little this hurt. I’m not sure if that’s due to me having a high pain tolerance or, more likely, extra padding, LOL.
During the outlining stage it felt like someone was drawing a pin across my skin, the only painful part was when it felt like it was going against the grain, if that makes sense.
The shading stage didn’t hurt at all.
Aftercare, I recommend A&D ointment. It seemed to speed up the healing process. You use a light coat over the tattoo for 5 days then switch to a lotion like Lubriderm for 2-3 weeks depending on location. A tattoo is completely healed once the flaking is over and there is no raised skin in the tattoo area.
The itchy/flaky period of the healing process is the worst! You don’t want to scratch which can damage the art.
And don’t tell That Man, but I think I caught the tattoo bug…
This one I had been thinking about for ten years.
Another, which I can’t do while working where I do as they don’t allow exposed tattoos (and I don’t plan to be regulated to trousers for the rest of said tenure), is an ankle tattoo to represent the wee beasties. I’ve wanted to do this since youngest came along but it wasn’t until oldest designed it about five years ago that I added it to my list.
After my post last year and someone mentioning a sister tattoo, I have that on my list too. I even know what I’d like to do if beloved sis is up for it :)
I better stay on top of this weight loss, LOL
17 Jun 2014 4 Comments
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Let’s talk books!
I finally sat down and read this one.
Pagan Fire by Teri Barnett
Why I picked it up: The title actually drew me in on this one. Then the back blurb hooked me.
What I liked: I predicted I’d enjoy the Celtic mythology which I did. The story intrigued me from page one and moved forward with a steady pace. The brutality of the time period wasn’t shied away from nor was it graphically in your face which I appreciated. The author obviously did a lot of research and it didn’t come out as info dumps. And while I wasn’t expecting a HEA the author delivered one for me :)
What I disliked: I predicted being worried about the mixed reviews which were founded. The narration, at best, is omnipresent and, at worst, a bundle of head hopping, neither of which I have much patience for.
Master of the Opera by Jeffe Kennedy (click on the covers to go to Amazon)
Why I picked it up: Phantom of the Opera, duh. Don’t those covers just draw you in…?
What I liked: This was a nice twist on the Phantom. Set in New Mexico, with Native American themes running through it, and modern day; we have Christine arriving as a prop apprentice, Roman (Raul) as her childhood sweetheart, and the Master (Phantom). The author wove a wonderful who-done-it tale with my beloved POTO story. We have the tragic hero in the Master. I wanted him to win just as much as I have ever wanted Eric to. Christine isn’t quite as naive as her namesake, though she has her moments. 5 stars all the way.
What I disliked: I’m not a fan of the serial, so waited until all the parts were published. I wish this was available in a single eBook for my keeper file :)
SPOILER: This had the HEA I’ve always wished for Eric to find. Thank you Jeffe!
Because, once again, I’m between books at the moment. Yeah, I’m sounding like a broken record.
Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Why I picked this up: I honestly don’t remember. It was sitting on my eReader for some time before I clicked it open. I’m guessing the blurb caught my eye.
What I liked: I was pleasantly surprised by this tale. It reads like you’ve picked up someone’s diary and it works really well for this story. The main character is Vida and she’s been dying her whole life. There’s quite the emotional ride as we follow Vida and her quest for life and discovery of self. Which is all I’m going to say because I don’t want to ruin the tale for you. This rates one of my rare 5 stars.
What I disliked: I can’t say there was anything I disliked. I will say those who don’t hold with cellular memory will likely find a lot of this story requires the reader to suspend belief.
What are you reading and loving at the moment?
15 Jun 2014 2 Comments
May YOU not be all by yourself.
You’ve probably already seen this but, hey, I live in Vegas. BTW, I have NEVER seen McCarran this empty. Ever.
Even Celine Dion loved it!
And the behind the scenes…
Wishing all you dads out there a wonderful day
with the ones you love!
03 Jun 2014 4 Comments
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01 Jun 2014 4 Comments
I’m a figment of your imagination today as I’m attending my nephew’s wedding, visiting family, and spending a day with BFF.
Send good thoughts to That Man for holding down the fort :)
I’m back to walking 2 miles every morning with Beastie Girl. We’re out the door at 5 AM on the dot, because it’s already freakin’ 80+, and back by a quarter to 6 depending on the route we take. I’m hoping to work up to 3 miles but need to work on my speed a bit. No more attempting to run for me! Doctor’s orders.
I’m officially down 11 pounds since I started this trek. Yay!
However, that means I also recalculated my daily calorie intake/burn numbers, something I plan to do every 10 pounds lost so I stay on track. I lost 40 calories a day, boo hoo. I decided to keep the burn amount the same for now. Once I reach 1200 calories per day I’ll definitely have to work on increasing the number of calories I burn each day.
More than the weight loss, though, I feel healthier and have more energy.
27 May 2014 4 Comments
When I decided to return to a vegetarian diet I had to pull out some of my old favorites, you know, the recipes the males in my house won’t eat because, gasp, veggies!
Here’s a simple one I like to do on nights when I’m making rice as a side for the family anyway.
Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
4 tablespoons cooked rice
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped tomato
1 tablespoon feta cheese
1 tablespoon pine nuts
Mix the rice, onion, tomato, cheese, and pine nuts. Fill the pepper halves. Wrap in foil and cook at 35o for about 20 minutes or until the pepper is cooked through. Makes one serving of approximately 425 calories.
Add a side salad and this is a great low calorie dinner.