Happy Friday! It IS Friday, right? I’ve been a day ahead of myself all week, so it seems like I should either step back and admit it’s only Thursday, or go with the gut and say we’re on to Saturday. Monday’s a holiday, but as hard as everyone’s been working to catch up and get ahead of the curve at the office, after the long break, I’m thinking half my coworkers will forget and show up for work, anyway. At this rate, I’ll be one of them.
Unless the sun stays. Wait, what…sun??
Huh. And now, this deep blue color… has the ocean floated into the air above us? It has been a dreary, drippy week, but it looks like the weekend will be gorgeous!
Health and Fitness
This is what I affectionately call “The Hallway to Nowhere.” It did go somewhere, once upon a time.
I used to work in those buildings. Now, the dead-end “Hallway to Nowhere” is the place to meet colleagues who are also trying to get their 10,000 steps in during the day. Anyone who passes that turnstyle on the left, touches the window, and turns around – they’re doing laps. The hallway, also known as “The Spine” used to be a full mile around. You can still turn it into a one-mile jaunt by including a parking lot, or you can just add laps.
Cold and rainy as it’s been, though, hiking through a concrete parking garage lacks appeal. Better to hike through a warm terrarium, listening to music or podcasts on my phone.
Not that I’ve done a lot of exercising this past week, but I am right on track with the weight loss goals (a bit ahead, really).
The most helpful thing is that my husband has joined me in cooking and eating healthier, smaller portions, so I don’t feel as though I’m depriving anyone when I fix a family meal. I don’t feel as though anyone’s worrying that I’m playing the martyr – you know, cutting off a tiny bit of that monster-sized ribeye to have an appropriate four ounce serving. The deal is, if either of us still feels hungry later, we can snack.
As you can see, I’m terribly deprived. (Is it just me, or is there an awful lot of purple food here?)
That powdered stuff is All Bran Buds. I suppose you could substitute ground cardboard, but it’s the best way I know of to get enough fiber in your diet. I’m going to nickname this “Smoothie 42” – the answer to life, the universe, and everything. 1 cup 1% milk, 30 g finely ground All Bran Buds, 140 g frozen fruit, well blended. It makes about a pint, and it’s a great breakfast.
A Parliament of Owls
Isn’t he adorable? Not sure if this is Oscar or Herman. (They’re all “Oscars” and “Hermans” – always have been. As a kid, I named everything Oscar or Herman. I don’t know why.) Anyway, that’s a close-up of the first finished owl square for the blanket. Not all of the 365 squares will be owls. I may give them an actual tree. But that may be too ambitious.
All the parts are ready to assemble, for ten of them – this weekend. And do a few more plain squares, so that I won’t fell woefully behind!
The sunshine beckons, though…
Just two weeks, and already I’m out of the millions and up into the top 200K…well, in the US. Over 60% of my visitors are from India; only about 20% are from the US! So thank you, again, to all of my blogging buddies in India for reading this – including my newest friend, Rummuser (Ramana). The Ultimate Blog Challenge has been a great help in reminding me of the importance of writing more regularly, if not more frequently – and of the necessity to promote and share. Special thanks to all who have commented, this week, as well. Here are the stats for Week 2:
On a Wavelength?
My friend Marian Allen and I often ride the same – or parallel – wavelengths, so this is hardly surprising, but yesterday’s bit of synchronicity struck me funny, and I have to share this with you. While I was writing about chickens and voodoo, she was writing about chicken feet – and vodun!!?