Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In other news I have a dutch oven that I'm borrowing coming tommorow and I am going to attempt to do the "No knead bread" recipe that was featured in Mother Earth News magazine.
It will be my first attempt to make bread. I am also trying to find my glass bread pan to use for when I attempt "normal" loaf style bread..I have no idea what I'm doing on bread stuffs.
Monday, February 25, 2008
In house news I got a call that said we should hopefully close in a week and a half. I have to #1 see about home owners insurance, #2 find out how much money out of pocket Im gonna need for escrow (that I didn't know about til tonight) and #3 find out if the guy I'm buying from turned off the propane which heats the house. If those pipes freeze I will sue him. He was told by the house inspector that he CANNOT leave the house without any heat ( that was before we got hit with 2 ice storms) Bill says he just doesnt want to have to pay to refill the propane. Dana the realtor was the one who told me about the propane thing, she was suppose to call and find out what he actually ended up doing.
So lots of call to make Monday after I wake up. Im setting my alarm for 9:30am. We'll see how it all goes. It's so close it's scary.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The combination of Winter blahs and stress sometimes puts me in a fair downer. Sometimes its just the fact that I realize I am not doing things that I need to do (I'm talking about myself, not chores). I have great intentions; actually, the best intentions and I even plot out and plan and stuff and the next thing I know...nothing happens. I, for whatever reason, don't follow through. Or I say, I'll do it later, I'll make it up somtime, etc and eventually forget that I even had a plan. Until it hits me like a slap in my face. Then I get moody and grumpy, very down on myself and the world goes to pot. So thats been the last week or so.
So let me get to the point and quit being so flowery. I posted the other day about my T-shirt adventure. I had a great time, still love my shirt. What I really hate is the picture of me that was taken showing off the shirt....to save you from flipping back here's the pic.
At first I didn't notice it, I think I was still in the euphoria of t-shirt creation. Then I actually went back over posts and was like, "Ah hell what was I thinking posting that pic?! " I look horrific, to myself, and it was a reminder.
I wasn't always this big. Before this system of mine went wacky I was 160 and a size 13/14, not bad for my 5 foot 9inch frame. That was back in 1998. In a little over a year and a half I was up to 276 and a size 22. It was miserable to be me then. I was miserable and at the time no once could figure out what was going on. Then thanks to a magazine article my mom spotted and a lot of bloodwork and ultrasounds later we finally got a diagnosis. Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome. So I learned about my new enemy, what it could and would do if left unchecked and what I could do to fight back. Problem is is that my counter attack has been pretty half assed. PCOS helped pack the pounds on, but my lack of will power to stick with my plans has led me to only knock 36 pounds off in the past 4 or 5 years since my diagnosis. Basically the fat picture is my own damn fault.
So right now I'm in that "what am I going to do now" mode. The two things I know I have to do is the exercise and diet change. I know what medicines Im suppose to take, though I loathe the Metformin as it is NOT kind to me. I am not diabetic.....yet. Actually my blood sugars are normal...its my insulin level thats high, like 3 times higher than most people. The high insulin sets off a chain reaction of endocrine/horomone problems. Metformin helps me utilize it the right way. Then eventually (in theory) I can get my metabolism and endocrines to work normal again as long as I watch what I put into my system. I would think that my abhorration of needles would be enough but here I am, not doing right by myself.
Taking care of myself is the greenest thing I can do. Eating better with less refined carbs and all the other junk that modern day eating entails will be better for me. But I have to get rid of as much of that junk as I can. Easier said than done as I do live with the Teen, who is whiny and myself, who can be uber lazy (especially in the cooking department) So we'll see. I'll plan, buy and prepare, adapt and overcome..... hopefully.
In a way it was pretty, there is still tons of the plowed ice on the ground in heaps here and there, what was actually snow did finally melt off.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Last night in my boredom I decided to make some iron on transfers and today I made 2 t-shirts. (Teen didn't care for one) I had some first time mistakes but this was fun so I'm going to try some more. So here are my pics.
The design printed "flipped" ready to iron on
The ironing process takes 3 minutes
When it cools you then peel off the backing
Up close shot, now it needs to be washed.
Washed, dried and just a touch faded
In house news, we met Dana the realtor to sign the paperwork regarding the demands and we are trying to get the FHA inspector to get out there and do her thing. Feels like this is taking forever. Ya know that whole time is realitive thing.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Blogger is not letting me put it up at the moment, we're having storms and my internet is being really slow and timing out sometimes. Bill said it should work
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
- Clean the craft room out again, especially since J has moved out
- Redo the budget
- Take my lunch to work more often
- Tackle the bread baking fear I have
I have some ideas for taking up challenges and some new goals -like the bake my own bread thing- but haven't really decided what to do next while Im waiting for this house thing. Any ideas you guys have or challenges I will definitely consider. I seem to do better when I know other people are also going to hold me accountable.
In other news today the high was 68 degrees, the area surrounding the trailer is swampy which makes for messy floors at the front door, cuz some people dont know how to wipe their feet. Grrrr.
Ok peaceful thoughts.....let's see....the breeze is really nice tonight, I have my window cracked open. I bought some Seventh Generation dish detergent that was on sale at the Co-op. Which reminds me I have a parmesean peppercorn roll waiting for me in the fridge. But it can wait Im not hungry at the moment. Oh and I don't owe any taxes which is always good. Ahhh, that is better.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
So Thursday we had a few snow storms come through with freezing rain mixed in. I was at work until midnight so my drive home was fun. But I didnt land in the ditch at least, just a lot of sliding. Friday we were suppose to get more but didn't. Here's the aftermath around the trailer and our park.
I did however talk to the Dana the realtor and the owners are still going over our (for lack of better word) "demands" for the house that we put up to them since the house inspection came back with a couple problem areas. So they have til Monday to make a decision. Im hella nervous, we REALLY want this house. I almost, almost wish we wouldn't have asked for them to fix anything and just dealt with it ourselves this was the right way to go. As for the Rural Development inspection Dana knows the lady and say she can be kinda slow...not good to hear. Bill is extremely agitated though understandably so, we all hate being at the mercy of others. On a pleasant note. He is quite proud of my laundry soap experiment :D and has asked if I can find a good recipe for liquid dish detergent.
On the home front, things are starting to settle down and I finally got my W-2. Bill and S talked about the power bill. Since we already pay the lot rent AND pay for the cable, internet, phone combo he is only asking that we chip in $60 for the power. Not as bad as the half we were led to believe that we would be paying. So now that that is out of the way I feel way better. Saturday I have to do some grocery shopping tomorrow and I have to take a trip to Du Quoin before I go to work. I plan on going to the Co-Op to price hunt on some liquid dish detergent to tide us over.