Monday, February 18, 2019

Missionary Monday!

It has finally arrived! The first P-day (Prep day) following the announcement made on Friday by the First Presidency stating that missionaries may now call home on their P-Day and cultural holidays. However, this call must be initiated by the missionary so as to not interrupt their day. As of yet, my sister hasn't called anyone here and she has only four hours left to her P-Day.

And, as usual, I managed to let my tablet get to low battery early in the day, so it is sitting on the charger where I can hear the notification sound to alert me to a new email from her... and then I can chceck it elsewhere.  It happens so much of the time. You'd think I'd start remembering to charge it Sunday night. Though, some to think of it, I did have it on the charger for three or four hours last night... 

Maybe I need to send my sister my phone number so she can text me in ase she ever wants to... I know exactly how many days and weeks I have left before I can initiate a live conversation with her! 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Not Just for Lovers

I'll admit it. I am not a fan of Valentine's day. It's nice that there si a specific day to remind people to appreciate the romantic love in their life. I like that, though I do think that people need to appreciate that love of their life so much more often than once a year.  Bit it seems to have become a day to flood social media with cutsie poses and pictures of couples. That's not a bad thing, but it does sometimes feel like it's rubbing the happiness of others in the face of your single friends sometimes. I know I mostly tried to stay away from Facebook that day because of it.  The truth is, I've never actually had a boyfriend over Valentine's day. The closest I've gotten is casual dating.

That's why I was glad when at church there was a Valentine's Day Social. It was adults only and it was a lot of fun. I knew that they wouldn't be able to focus only on couples because there are so many widows in my ward. Off the top of my head I can think of four who were there last night.And two girls, including myself, who have never been married. (At least, I doubt the other girl has. She hasn't been here very long so I haven't gotten to know her yet.) And on the dance floor, most of the time it was nearly all girls. There were three men who spent more than two consecutive songs on the dance floor that I can think of. And the great thing was, there were only two slow dances throguh the entire two hour dance.  Granted, the music started before I got there two or three minutes late, but nobody was dancing yet when I came in.

And the cutest part was, it was adults only, but theree was babysitting available in another room. So my friend's daughter came in bfore they announced that the last song was going to be a slow dance. So she asked me to dance. She's four and she was in my class last year. So adorable!  The only thing that felt weird was that, though I haven't slow danced in years, it felt weirdclasping her right hand with my left, but I'm so used to carrying kids on my right hip that it was just more comfortable that way.

Oh my goodness, though. I had forgotten how much I love to dance. We either need to have dances more often or I need to find a way to get into some kind of something that involves dancing. A class would be fun, but I think they usually ant you to bring a person with you of the male variety. And that is not the easiest feat for me. Maybe mid-singles dances? I don't have a clue what goes on in young singles anymore...

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Needin' A Little Lovin' - The Power of Prayer

It's amazing what the power of prayer can do. This morning was one of my worst. I don't know if it would break any kind of Top 10 or Top 100 list, but it was pretty bad. And then a few things happened or didn't happen where I just felt even worse about myself. The thought occurred to me that I should pray. So I knelt by my bed - something I wish I'd adjusted a bit, like by kneeling on my bed when my feet and lower legs were falling asleep when I stood up afterwards - and prayed to my Father in Heaven. He truly does answer our prayers.

I told my Heavenly Father exactly what I was thinking and going through and what I wanted to change in the situation adn where I thought I could use some help. And then I went to a church function I was no longer as sure I wanted to attend and saw my best friend's mom there.She gave me a hug and told me that she  loved me and that she would be there for me if I wanted to talk about what was going on. She is wonderful, and jsut what I needed this morning. She is one of the women that I admire most and I would be so lucky if I could be anything like her.

So, despite the fact that I was dreading that church activity this morning, I'm glad I went. It provided an answer to my prayers in getting to see her this morning.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

I'm Eating What?

The fun thing about trying to eat in a way that is more helpful is that there are some things that are put into so many of our foods. It also will often contradict the way that we've eaten for years as well as the way that everyone around you is eating.

Dinners were easy enough the last two days. I was sad to not be able to use my favorite house dressing when we went out to eat Friday night. The alternative is good, but it just doesn't have the same tomatillo heat as the house dressing.  But it was a wonderful feeling knowing that it was a perfectly vegan recipe.

And I made a creamy quinoa recipe last night. It needs a lot of help. Fewer black beans, more cumin, less olive oil, adding garlic, etc. It had good ingredients, but it needed a few extra flavors in there.

And tonight there is something being cooked with chicken. I'm not even sure what.

As a highlight though, my new swing skirt is just a little less tight than it used to be! And I actually need to fix my other as it was just a bit too tight about a week and a half ago. So, yay for victories!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Google Ads

It's funny to see what Google ads will display on your social media feeds. I'll occasionally look at digital pianos, thinking it could be fun and a good challenge to get back into playing, so I see ads on social media and other websites for that.  I look up a lot of recipes, too, which, combined with the new year, is probably why I am seeing a lot of meal kits, too. Yesterday, I started seeing a variety of wedding ads. I haven't looked up anything related to weddings in months! I don't get it. It's on both Instagram and Facebook. Instagram has a readon. I follow Unique Vintage, and apparently they do a Wedding Wednesday.  FAcebook, though?

First I start seeing Match ads because I'm single and now wedding dresses? Does it think I've had such a dramatic change in status that I need to be looking for a wedding dress and other wedding and reception planning tools within, oh, abotu a month? I find that kinda funny! Thanks for letting me know how fast I should move from meeting to engagment Facebook ads. I'll keep that mind... not. Hahaha

Smoothie reviews!

Well, with the exception of some cilantro dressing that I expect was milk based, I did well with the vegan thing for almost three days, And then the family had chicken sandwiches with no fruits or veggies, and no chips I actually like. So, it was eat it or don't eat. Especially since I just ran out of salad. That was last night. Today I woke up with a headache. No association, I'm sure. I figure it was due to trying to oversleep to help with this cold I'm trying to develop.

Well, I'm not trying. My body is, so that is slightly better... Maybe.

I have gotten the chance to try a couple smoothie recipes that were interesting, though! Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie Bowl, which was amazing! And Lemon Cream Pie Smoothie will need some adjustment.

The Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie Bowl was tasty! The only thing I might do is either increase the frozen banana so that it is a little thicker or reduce the amount of almond milk, which was my non-dairy milk of choice. My friend and I made them on Monday and I made it again on Tuesday.

The Lemon Cream Pie Smoothie... well, I made a few adjustments in the first place. I didn't use cashew milk. I used vanilla almond milk. The vanilla almond milk meant that I didn't think it was necessary to add more  I also used a bit more lemon juice as I didn't have any lemon zest. Oy. The issue for me was that it was hard to taste the lemon. It called for two tablespoons of lemon juice adn one of honey or agave. ONE TBSP of honey was just too overwhelming. It was the right sweetness, but honey has a strong and distinct taste. I think I may try sugar. Admittedly, I think I would rather make the oatmeal cookie again with my last frozen banana, so this will have to wait until I go to the store to pick up a few mroe fruits to freeze.

Now to find something that is heavy on Vitamin C. My throat is still feeling raw and my nose is feeling abnormal.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Motivation: Mouse & Movies

Can I just say how wonderfully a mouse works as motivation to stay clean? There has been one in and around my room for quite some time and I would often see it around my closet and the pile of things I want to get rid of. Which of course means that I've carefully gone through everything rather recently and tried to ensure that there is nothing of interest adn very few good hiding places. Granted, if the plastic on an extension cord is interesting to this mouse, I'm not sure what wouldn't appeal. Aside from the poison that was laid out weeks ago. Admittedly, I haven't seen or definitively heard the mouse in a week. Fingers crossed!

It means I've taken everythign out of my room that I've decided is leaving so far.

I recently watched a documentary that a friend of my mother's has been telling me about for months. They did qualify their recommendation saying that I shouldn't watch it if I wanted to continue eating the same way I currently do. It's called "What the Health?" And it's on Netflix. It's fascinating. A few members of my family shrugged me off, a bit like how a particular representative from one of our nation's health societies shrugged off the man who was making this documentary when he began asking about the studies that show a link between the foods they suggest as healthy and the very diseases they are trying to "cure." I need to follow up on some of that research and see what I can fund, He pointed otu that peopel feel healthier adn have fewer issues physically and even emotionally within just a few weeks of goign on a plant-based diet. I thought about this, realizing that I was mostly on a plant-based diet when I was in school a year and a half ago. A lot of my salads had a small amount of ranch and a little chicken, but I ate a lot fo salads. I love salad!

This kind of makes me want to be ambitious and try doing an experiment where at least I eat a vegan diet for a while, say a period of two weeks. That would be long enough to flush out a lot of things from my system and see what kind of difference it makes in my body. It would allow me to see if I feel lighter, if I lose weight or inches. I'm thinking in the next week and a half I'll start. I'm collecting recipes now adn ingredients. Then I can do measurements, an inBody test and I can create a journall of some kind to track how well I'm following the plan.