Make it through the whole month of November and only post once?! I suck!! Chris and I moved on Nov. 7, and life has been a blur since then. Where has the time gone? I’m totally reeling that today is December 1st. 😐
You’ll have to bear with me… I don’t have my camera cord at work, nor can I plug the card into the CPU, so all you get it text, people! I’ve taken some great pics of food here and there, but for the most part I haven’t eaten well and haven’t exercised in like forever. I’m having some issues with body image b/c of how the bod is looking these days, and the fact that I now have like 10 large mirrors around the house. Handy for getting dressed, not handy for freaky critical ladies like me to evaluate the bod!
On a great note, Chris, Lily, and I love the new house 🙂 Our move sucked b/c of the torrential rain that day, but the process went just fine (and we managed to avoid killing each other ;)) We hosted Thanksgiving at our house, and when all was said and done we were quite proud to invite our families into our home and serve them a wonderful holiday meal. I was in charge of the following dishes:
- mushroom dressing (vegan)
- mushroom gravy (vegan)
- mashed potatoes (vegetarian)
- root vegetable gratin (vegetarian)
- green bean casserole (vegetarian)
- pumpkin pie
Leading up to Thanksgiving I was torn over whether or not to eat turkey/non-veg items. Poultry is my veg weakness it seems, and that bird was talking to me all afternoon while I roasted it. I had a small piece of white meat, but otherwise my meal was vegetarian. I should have just made mashed or roasted sweet potatoes, as my gratin just wasn’t quite right. Okay, but odd–garlic and nutmeg in the same dish? Okay, Gourmet, I trusted you but am not convinced.
I was such a proud little domestic goddess in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. I planned the menu meticulously, created a Turkey Day Timeline for prep and cooking, and then went and got the flu 😐 Gah! Thankfully I had picked up the turkey the Friday before T-Day, but I was illin’ when I intended to do my fresh food shopping on Tuesday. By the time I got to the store Wednesday there were no green beans, no Brussels sprouts, hardly any parsnips, no white, cremini, or dried porcini mushrooms, and like 10 sweet potatoes to choose from. Gah! I ended up nixing my Brussels sprout dish (boo!!), went with frozen green beans, subbed in mini mushrooms and mixed dried, and all turned out okay.
After Thanksgiving Chris and I enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend at home. Our new neighborhood has lots of walking paths, and butts up to two schools. We take Lily for walks, and play ball with her at the school, and so far she’s loving the new neighborhood, too 🙂 I wish it weren’t getting dark so early so we could walk more after work…summer, where did you go!?!
It has been so beautiful here in Portland this fall–lots of sun, and not much rain (but for that week we moved!!). The tree outside my office has lost its leaves, so now my office gets more light and I have a bigger view. I love the crisp fall days, the remaining colorful leaves, and the beautiful sunsets. I’m totally in need of getting my holiday baking on!!! I almost make cookies this weekend…. I’ve got a leaf-shaped cookie cutter begging to be used 🙂
As you may have noticed I’ve all but abandoned the blogosphere 😦 Not intentionally, but because I’ve had so many things distracting me, I’ve not had internet access at home (and probably won’t), and I’ve honestly felt a little guilty. Because I don’t eat as well, am not working out, etc., I feel bad in a way. Since I can’t share my triumphs and glories of fitness and food I’m not as jazzed about blogging. I kind of feel like I’ve let y’all down a little cuz I’m not as inspirational as I was 😐 Nameen?
Oh, dude, I almost forgot…. I hit my one year blogiversary in early November! I think it was the 7th… Can’t believe it has been one year, and that I’ve made so much progress in that timeframe. I know, I know, was just ranting about letting you (me?) down, but in reality I do feel proud that I shed nearly 30 lbs. and got my ass in better shape by working hard, eating well, and using the blogging community for support, inspiration, and resources.
Enough of this novel! Words without pics are boring, no? Thanks for reading, bloggies! I’ve missed you and hope to reconnect more soon! Hope you all had a fabu Thanksgiving and are excited for the holidays!!!!!!!!!!!