Yesterday the date was bugging me all day and I couldn't figure out why, and then it hit me last night that it used to be my wedding anniversary with my ex. Weird how a date that used to mean so much then becomes meaningless and you scratch your head trying to figure out what's nagging at you.
So today is Presidents' Day and I want to wish George Washington and Abraham Lincoln a happy one.
I stayed up way too late last night, rationalizing that I could sleep in this morning and still make sure that I got my 8 hours of sleep. Well, yeah, but that neglected to take into account that if I went to bed at midnight, like I did, I would be exhausted and neglect to brush my teeth, etc. So that wasn't a good feeling when I woke up this morning, especially when I realized that, once again, I forgot my mouthguard. Arrrgh. A week until I get my implants and I HAVE to wear the mouthguard or I could damage my jaw pretty bad, considering that I had to have bone grafts on the jaw and I clench and grind my teeth badly at night.
So I need to make a pact with myself that I will be in bed with the lights turned off and at the very least my mouthguard in and teeth brushed (I can always floss and use the Waterpik in the morning) no later than 10:30 p.m.
SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF THE DAY
- I slept 8 hours, although I was kind of restless at times.
- I weighed myself and had lost another 3 lbs for a total of 19.6 lbs lost since 1/1. WOOHOO!
- Greg got a paid holiday today, which is nice because not only can he stay home, but also because it saves us a bundle in tolls and gas :)
- I had thought that I'd go sit on the patio with my mug of coffee right away, but then I came downstairs and realized... that I had a shitload of dirty dishes to do! Arrrgh. Well, I didn't feel like doing them right that minute so I didn't. I went to drink my coffee in the living room.
- I did remember to drink my 2 cups of water when I first got up, and I refilled the cats' water bowl as well. YS had woken up early to feed them.
- I caught up on emails and the news and then started earning rewards. Greg got up so I went to brew him some coffee, and then I cooked us our respective breakfasts and we ate together. It was lovely (despite the mountain of dirty dishes!).
- I used up my 2 egg yolks to make his omelet (no food waste!).
- Then Greg called the eye doctor's office to see if he could swing by in the afternoon to pick up his new eye glasses. They gave him a 1 p.m. appointment.
- I continued earning rewards. Swagbucks must have heard me complain because I tried a 10 minute survey and after two minutes it said "thank you" and all my answers were obviously going to disqualify me, but it actually gave me 50 SB! And then right after that I won a Search award for 18 SB.
- Paypal confirmed that Coupons.com had credited my account with the $2.38 for the potatoes. I checked the app to see if a new coupon for produce was in my line-up for this week but I don't see anything.
- Our son got up and I told him we have to leave at about 12:50 p.m. to go to the eye doctor, then we'd all go to Michael's (he wanted to look at some stuff since we had that 20% off your whole purchase coupon and I wanted to see if they had a 4" round cookie cutter to make new larger English muffins), and then to Lowe's (because I wanted more flowers) and then to the library so I could return a few books.
- He said he hadn't slept well because it was hot in his room. It never gets hot in his room because his window faces North and there's a big tree over his window and the shades stay closed all the time, and the temperature was set for 74F, which is the usual temperature. Anyhoo, he has a platform bed that Greg built him so a pedestal fan wouldn't really work and the ceiling fan in his room is too close to his bed, so I unearthed a clip-on fan for him to put on his bed. One of his older brothers used to use that upstairs. He was thankful.
- I researched a new recipe for "Low Fat Whole Wheat English Muffins" and found two recipes that aren't particularly low-fat, but both recipes use a mixture of whole wheat and AP flour and the pictures for the one recipe look wonderful. So I'm going to try that the next time. One of the commenters said that if you use bread flour instead of AP flour, the texture is much fluffier so I might try that as well.
- Then I realized that I didn't have any flatbreads for lunch, so I went to cook some. I'd made the no-knead dough last week and it was supposed to last 5 days in the fridge. Well, when I opened the container, the dough was super wet. I ended up adding another cup of whole wheat flour to it and it still was too wet! What the what?!
- It had made 16 oz of dough and the Aldi flatbreads are 2 oz each, so I weighed balls of 2 oz, pressed them (with still more flour) in my tortilla press, which didn't really work because it's only a 6" tortilla press so the dough was still too thick but also it was sticky anyway so it was hard to get it off. Arrgh. I was very frustrated. I cooked them in my cast iron pan heated up on medium heat for 30 seconds on each side, but I ended up with 8 rather thick and small "flatbreads" that I suspected would be raw in the middle. Sigh. Plus an even larger mess in my already messy kitchen. I wasn't pleased.
|What a freaking mess! But the rest of my tiny counter was covered in dirty dishes so I didn't have room anywhere else to put the tortilla press. And even with all that extra flour, the flatbreads were wet and stuck to the press. Ugh.|
|The very unappealing result, lol. But it's edible. I don't think I'll make them again, though.|
- I don't want to use whole wheat tortillas because the exchanges aren't too great, i.e. I'd have to sacrifice something else that I eat on a daily basis in order to use whole wheat tortillas instead of flatbreads. Might as well continue to pay $2.49 and buy the flatbreads. But then I thought that maybe I ought to try savory crepes, maybe that would work. I have to look up a recipe (because, once again, I used to have a crepes cookbook that I decluttered last year, UGH) and then calculate the exchanges. In the meantime, I'll eat the 8 flatbreads that I made.
- Then I put my annoyance and bad mood to good use and did 90% of the dishes. I ran out of room to let them dry so I'll do the rest tonight with the dinner dishes.
- It was past noon at that point but I didn't want to eat lunch yet so I made my strawberry milk shake and drank that.
- I threw 3 cardboard boxes that I keep in my SUV trunk for carrying the groceries into the bed of Greg's truck so they could hold the plants I wanted to buy without them tipping over in the turns.
- Greg and YS ate lunch before we left, which made me feel relieved because I was afraid they'd want to go out for lunch :)
- So we drove to the eye doctor's. YS and I stayed in the truck and Greg was back in 5 minutes. He loves his new glasses, which he says feel better than the Dollar Store glasses. I should hope so!
- At Michael's, I saw several things that I liked in the baking section but I didn't buy anything because they didn't have what I wanted. I decided I'd look on Amazon.
|Should I make fancy shaped English muffins?|
|Or cat-shaped ones?|
|My daughter would love those as she likes baking apparatus and "mini" things.|
- I did find a large floppy straw hat that I decided to buy because my cap just doesn't cover enough of my face and none of my nape when we walk and the sun is out. I'll need to sew a big ribbon so I can tie if if it's windy.
- YS found some miniatures that he wanted. He used a 40% off coupon that we got last week for one of them that wasn't on sale and paid for it on his own. Then I took the other and paid for it, along with my hat, with the 20% off coupon (the hat was on sale so the 40% off coupon wouldn't have worked). My OOP was $11.11 and I charged it to Amex for 1% back in Rewards.
- Then we drove to Lowe's. It was busy, of course, it being a holiday weekend and everyone feeling like gardening because the weather has been so lovely. I ended up buying mostly blue and purple plants! I got:
- 2 more lavender pots
- 2 12-packs of red salvia (hooray!)
- 2 pots of purple Mexican bush sage
- 2 pots of blue SallyFun salvia
- 2 big bags of organic potting soil
- and 3 large pots
- We received the 10% military discount and my OOP was $96.96, charged to Amex for 1% back in Rewards.
- It was nice to have 2 men at my beck and call to pull my carts and load everything in the truck for me :)
- They were out of milkweeds, by the way :( I knew I should have grabbed more when I spotted them that last time! I wonder why you can't readily find milkweed seeds at the store?
|Sigh, $100 doesn't go far when you buy flowers.|
- Then we headed home, stopping by the library on the way so I could return my books. That'll save me a trip tomorrow!
- When we parked in our driveway, we were greeted by a chorus of bird calls. I'm sure all of them meant "Nathalie, come sit on the patio and watch us!". Greg said "enjoy yourself, I'm going to read my book in my recliner" and I went to make my lunch.
- I ate on the patio, of course. So lovely to be able to do this, although it's a tad hot. The homemade flatbread made for a small sandwich. It was... OK. At least it was edible!
- I used some rainwater from a cat litter jug to water the new plants. I'll try to put them in their new pots later on when the sun has come down because right now it's too hot.
- The birds are still singing but I don't see many of them. Oh well. I know they're there!
- Earlier today I defrosted some more reduced fat shredded cheese and string cheese. It was nice to have those available (albeit in frozen form) so I didn't have to run back to the store before Wednesday! I'm going to make sure I always have an extra pack of those in the freezer, although the reduced fat shredded cheese is rarely available at Aldi for some reason.
- I was going to make Calypso chicken for dinner but there's no reason to defrost chicken thighs when I still have several fresh chicken breasts in the fridge. So I'll look for another recipe for the chicken and I'll cook a box of Caribbean Rice to go with it. Greg won't want any, I'm sure, so I have to think of some vegetables to cook for him... Maybe tonight is when he can have raw cauliflower with his chicken. Or make a salad and he can throw in the chicken. YS and I like rice and pasta so it annoys me that Greg is refusing to eat any of it right now because I have that on the menu at almost every meal. The key is just to eat a little of it.
- I entered a bonus code on Kellogg's Family Rewards worth 100 KFR points: PRES-IDEN-TSDA-YPTS (exp 2/25).
- I found a recipe for Savory Whole Wheat Crêpes on Diabetes.org! They actually sound delicious and I think I'll make those for dinner one night the next time I write a menu, but for my own flatbread replacement purpose, I created a recipe into MyFitnessPal for just the crêpes (the recipe makes 8 crêpes) and then took the nutritional info per crêpe and entered it into my homemade Diabetic Exchange calculator and it's great!!! I think that's going to be what I end up using for my lunch sandwiches. Crêpes are super easy to make and cheap and tasty :) I'm excited! But first I need to eat 7 more "chapitas".
- So I looked on Amazon for a 4" round cutter but they're sold in sets of 4 and I don't need 4, I just need one. The price is comparable to what I would have paid at Michael's for a set of round cookie cutters and I could use the 40% off coupon to get them cheaper (they weren't on sale), so I think I'll stop by on Wednesday and get those for just $3.59 after the coupon and then I'll give the extras to my daughter.
- Then I searched for milkweed seeds appropriate for Florida for sale online and found the LiveMonarch website, where, for a $3 donation plus $0.49 shipping, they will send me 150 seeds of a southern type of milkweed. Hooray! I paid with Paypal so the money that I made getting free food from Walmart is going to help feed the butterflies (well I hope!). Woohoo! I need to figure out where I'll plant the seeds now. My track record with the native Florida plant seeds that I bought last year was abysmal, so hopefully these will fare better.
- It's now 5 p.m. and the sun is going down. My backyard is mostly in the shade now. I was going to go biking early, but I think I'll put the new plants in their pots instead.
- In the end, I repotted all the new plants. Hooray! I only used 2 of the pots that I bought today, and reused several other pots that I already had on the berm or that I moved there. A couple of them had had basil seedlings in them but I guess I forgot to water them and since it's been dry for 3 weeks now, they died. So I put new plants in them and if other basil seeds germinate in the middle of that, great!
- My 2 bags of organic potting soil weren't enough for my needs though. Poop. I HATE it when I have to stop in the middle of a project! Thankfully, I remembered to check the small plastic shed that I have on the side of the house and where I store my soil materials and I had a bag and a half of potting soil left from either last year or the year before AND the ants hadn't gotten into them at all. Woohoo! So I was able to finish my project.
- I did buy too much salvia but I found space for all of them, including the one "cell" that ended up not having a plant in it but I saw a tiny little seedling and I'm hoping it's a salvia seedling.
- Then I used several cat litter jugs' worth of rainwater to water all the new plants and also the others. Earlier today I had also refilled the bird baths.
- I'm quite pleased with my berm now, I like the blues/purples and reds and I'm hoping they'll attract not only pollinators but also hummingbirds.
- However, tomorrow I need to sort out this mess of pots. Some I'll keep, others I found out I can recycle at Lowe's.
- Then I went to order the 2nd rain barrel that I've been saying I was going to order for over a year, lol. I wanted the same kind as the one I have now, so I ordered it from Home Depot instead of Lowe's despite our 10% off discount at Lowe's. I went through Swagbucks (2% back on orders right now). I first checked Ebates and Discover Deals but neither offered anything with Home Depot. The terra cotta colored version (the one I have) was $111! What?! I had paid $79 for it a couple of years back. But then I saw that the black version was on sale for $79 with free shipping, so I ordered that one. I don't care about the color, quite frankly. I used Paypal because I had a $5.01 account balance and the rest got charged to my Discover card.
- For dinner I cooked one box of Caribbean Rice in the microwave and pan-fried 2 chicken breasts that I had cut into thinner cuts and sprinkled with cumin and kosher salt. I had about 1 cup of steamed broccoli leftover from last night so I gave it to Greg. We ate while chatting.
- Then I shooed the men out of the kitchen so I could do the dishes.
- And then I baked a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread since YS was out of it for breakfast and I had 3 ripe bananas to use up :)
- While it was baking, I rode my recumbent bike. I fought with my Kindle's browser to access the Overdrive website so I could try to borrow an ebook from my library. It's so much easier to do all of this on the laptop and then simply read on the Kindle Fire! Anyhoo, I couldn't find anything that I wanted to read so I ended up downloading a Patricia Cornwell book that I suspect I might have already read, though...
- I have 15 minutes to finish what I need to do and go get ready for bed! Yikes!
- $11.11 at Michael's (hat for myself, miniature for YS)
- $96.96 at Lowe's (plants, soil, pots)
- $79.52 at Home Depot (rain barrel)
- Nada today. Redbox and Zaxby sent me BOGO codes & coupons but I didn't use them.
- Slept: 8 hours
- Drank: 2 cups of water upon getting up
- Breakfast: egg white omelet with onions, zucchini, mushrooms and spinach, homemade whole wheat English muffin, orange, multivitamin. I drank coffee.
- Snack: strawberry milk shake
- Lunch: turkey, avocado and spinach sandwich on homemade whole wheat "flatbread", salad with light balsamic dressing, 1 cup papaya. I drank decaf.
- Afternoon Snack: light string cheese
- Dinner: Caribbean rice, 3 oz chicken breast
- Evening Snack: fat free yogurt
- Exercise: 30 min on my recumbent bike (5.6 miles)
- For paid federal holidays
- For Greg being home today
- For a fun errands trip with my men
- For pretty flowers and the money to buy them
- For YS getting up early to feed the cats so Greg and I could sleep
|New Kitty was loving Greg this morning!|