handful of raw almonds
hot coffee, black
tuna salad – tuna, diced celery, diced carrots, chopped cilantro, Persian lime infused olive oil (a Christmas gift!), Key lime juice, Hawaiian bamboo salt
apple slices with almond butter
hot coffee, black
slow cooker roast chicken with gravyholy cow SOOO good, I did not know how the gravy would turn out, given the ingredients, but it was AMAZEBALLS, and that’s not a word I normally deign to use. I did a few things differently: I combined the way she made gravy in her regular slow cooker chicken recipe and her quick one, which is what my link is to; I forgot to de-fat the braising vegetables (oh, well); and I added a half a cup of soaked cashews when I blended the gravy to thicken it a bit. I used a small, whole Smart Chicken, which was more economical. I still have enough chicken left for several meals.
garlic cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’
hot tea, plain
edit: wanted something sweet, so chopped up an apple and mixed it with cinnamon, baked it with walnuts and a bit of ghee on top.
Walked for half an hour today, my first exercise in over a month, since I’ve been sick so long.
Clean time management
Went to bed about midnight last night, so I set my alarm a bit later and didn’t wash my hair (though I did shower) after I got up, just threw my hair into a ponytail and a baseball cap. Walked, then went shopping right away instead of going home to hang out (lest I get lured into slothery). So I got all of my grocery shopping done before 11 am, and was very efficient about the whole endeavor (though I did forget 1-2 items). Cleaned out my PO Box, which I haven’t gone to check since being sick – so it was stuffed. I did mess about on the computer a bit longer than I should have earlier while eating lunch (and post lunch). Went to work, worked a 4 hour shift and got a LOT done (including cleaning my laptop – boy, clean keyboard keys feel veeerrrry different! – and did a long overdue backup). Still need to work a shift tomorrow. Got home and set right about to cooking dinner, cleaned up the kitchen after dinner.
Even though I went to sleep at midnight, I got 7 hours sleep (minuse the time or two I woke up coughing). Woke up early, made sure I was on time to pick ZH up at Mr. Peabody’s. Hope to get 7-8 hours sleep again tonight.
I went to the open market for my vegetables and apples today, which made me very happy. I hadn’t planned on it, but happened to pass by and realized I didn’t always have opportunities to, so I stopped and shopped and it was very relaxing and enjoyable. I didn’t let myself get resentful about my work encroaching on my weekend. I didn’t get overwhelmed at work like I sometimes do with all of the small and large projects and tasks (and minutiae) I have to deal with – just started on one thing, plowed through, and tried to be systematic and focused. Realized I wanted to change the wording of something I posted here because I didn’t like it and did it. I was happy cooking dinner – which I have been this whole month, but before that it had been a long time since I was happy cooking. Cooking used to make me happy all the time.
Dealt with overflowing paper bags (I forget my reusables a lot!), got them out of the house and gave them to someone who needed them for a project. Grocery shopped. Cleaned the kitchen after dinner. That’s all for tonight, hope to clean my room, the upstairs bathroom, and do some laundry tomorrow. 3 months ago