For Monday morning, we need a laugh right? Especially the last Monday morning in March, where I can still see snow in my forecast for the week. Sigh. As always, my favorite thing to laugh at is myself. 🙂
– One of the Weight Watcher’s Good Health Guidelines is taking a multivitamin. I was never good at following that one until I started sharing my son’s Flintstone vitamins. Just like when I was a kid, I have to remind myself EVERY TIME that they are medicine, not candy and I cannot eat more than one.
– If I hadn’t had Thor in my pocket to return to Redbox on Saturday’s 5 mile run, I would have turned back at a mile. You would think by now I’d learn that the first mile is always the worst for me. It takes me a mile and a half to warm up enough for running to be fun, but I forget that almost every time I head out! Thank goodness that run was coupled with marking something off of my to-do list.
– Last night, I warmed up some leftover black beans for O’s dinner and realized they smelled sort of off. Rather than putting them in the compost bucket, I threw them out because I thought they might not be good for the worms. You know, those worms that are currently happily munching on fuzzy strawberries? Still mentally adjusting to vermicomposting over here. My husband is still laughing at me for worrying about the worms and some old beans.
– Last night while watching “Southern at Heart” on the Food Network, I was struck by the fact that watching the Food Network doesn’t make me hungry but watching the Biggest Loser always makes me want cookies. Odd. That’s not the real reason I don’t watch the Biggest Loser, but it doesn’t hurt.
– While I bragged about all I got done in my yard and garden yesterday, what I neglected to mention was the fact that my floors in the kitchen/dining room were so messy that my son refused to walk on the floor barefoot and asked to be carried because “there crumbs mama”. The truly embarrassing part (although what must you think of my housekeeping between this and the beans above!) is that I mentally did the math to decide if I could put off the FIVE MINUTE task of sweeping the floor until the cleaners come (2 weeks, so that was a no-go). I sort of feel like I should take some of my gardening Activity Points away just for that moment of laziness. I did sweep, I promise.
– My other spurt of productiveness this weekend was putting up loads and loads of laundry. I confess that I am shallow enough to still be very pleasantly stunned at how “tiny” my clothes seem now. I know it is all relative. A couple of years ago, I had to look at the labels to tell if a pair of jeans were mine or my husbands (and truthfully I couldn’t fit into my husband’s jeans), so this is a definite change of pace when putting clothes away.
– My husband is going out one night this week for “beer night” with some guys at work. I love him, but also love nights he isn’t around because dinner ends up being a quick and easy veggie fest. My husband loves all food, so he isn’t picky about what I feed him, but I definitely put a lot more thought into dinners when both of us are home. When he’s out, I’ll revert to one of my veggie centric favorites like a huge salad with lots of roasted veggies, black bean/kale/butternut squash quesadillas or the option I’ve been loving lately: frittatas.
I spray my grandmother’s 8 inch cast iron skillet with Pam and saute whatever veggies I have on hand. Most recently, I’ve been using a combo of cherry tomatoes chopped in half (6-8), sliced asparagus (3-4 spears) and a handful of fresh spinach. Once things have started softening together, I stir in a couple of tablespoons of salsa and then a mix of one whole egg and half a cup of egg whites. Mix things together and add in your cheese of choice (parm or sharp cheddar work really well; cottage cheese also works). Let things set up for a couple of minute and then transfer to a 350 F oven for 15 minutes or so, or until things are set.
It’s a nice meatless protein option, plus a great way to use up any veggies you have on hand. You could put anything in this. I like that it feels a little more substantial and purposeful than a typical scramble. Plus, the whole pan is 3 points for the eggs + egg whites with free veggies/salsa and whatever points you need for cheese.
– No matter how much I adore this child, I still said no when he asked to sit in my lap when he was going into the bathroom today to try the potty. I love him dearly, but I think potty training is going to kill me.
Who else has some laughs on Monday morning?