Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Ten: Continuing the Summer Randomness

1. Update on my wellness workshop at work.  Though I'm not participating in the weigh-ins, I'm fairly sure I haven't lost any weight, based on clothing.  As Shakira sang, "Hips don't lie" and they're telling me I'm the same size.  But wait!  I'm the same size.  Do you realize what a victory it would be for me to not diet for 12 weeks and not gain any weight?

2. Speaking of wellness, the back issue that began to dog me in the spring of 2012 has continued.  I don't talk about it because I don't want to sound like a whiny fool all the time but some days it's quite debilitating.  I finally found a spinal doctor who does non-surgical intervention and I have an appointment for August 27th.  It will mean a 45 minute drive but if I can get some relief from this it will be more than worth it!

3. We had our (sort of) annual get together with our neighbor over the weekend.  She and I coordinated the menu and decided to do something completely different than cooking on the grill.  We ended up by starting with this Blood Orange Martini and Edamame that we dipped in a spicy teriyaki sauce for an appetizer. Then we had the spicy noodles I made and the shrimp and vegetable tempura she made. Not pictured was the homemade strawberry shortcake I made for dessert. The food and the company were wonderful!

4. Speaking of our neighbor, I don't know if you remember when I showed you a photo of the cute little dog she got.  Ruby is all grown up now and still very cute!

5. Last week I started having some aches and pains in my left leg when I ran.  That's a good sign that I need new shoes.  Sure enough when I added up the mileage on my old shoes, I'd put 700+ miles on them.  I stuck with my old faithful, Asics Cumulus, but I decided to buy the new 16 model.  I am in love with them.  They have rounded the toe box a bit and made the heel fit snugger.  I also love the blue and lime green combo that I chose!

6. Mr. Helen and I were talking about what we'd do if we had a landfall of unexpected money.  I thought it was interesting when he said that we'd need to buy a bigger house right away - one that would have a room that could be turned into a gym.  When I asked why, he stated that even though he knows I dislike gyms, if I had the money and a home gym, I'd hire a personal trainer to come work me out at the things I suck at, mainly strength training.  He's right.

7. Speaking of running and exercising, it's already gone back to being more dark than light when I go out in the morning now.  Sometimes the street lights are still on when I get back home. Lots of times I'm seeing moonset and sunrise at the same time. I'm trying not to think about that as it always makes me feel as if summer is ending way too fast.

8.  First tomatoes!  I'll admit, I nearly always plant one of these yellow/orange cherry tomato plants because they mature and ripen first.  Quicker gratification for me!  The Roma Grape tomatoes are starting to turn now too but I think it will be August before I get any beefsteak.

9. My sweet Gracie, enjoying a beach vacation this week.  I just love her zest for life and how she always puts that little extra flair into everything she does!

10. I found the furniture pieces I've been wanting to get for my spare room while out on a walk last Friday.  Every time I've visited a yard sale that said they had bedroom furniture for sale it has either been so outdated or so beat up it wasn't worth even the few dollars they wanted as I'm not like Lori and into refinishing stuff.  I didn't mind a bit of wear but I wanted something that was basically in okay condition.  I negotiated the price with the guy then had to wait 8 hours for Mr. Helen to get home with his pickup truck to go get it - and hope it would still be there.  It was!  I paid a bit more than you would normally at a yard sale but look how good this stuff is - and it was still less than even buying something from Target for example.  Now my spare room actually looks a bit more inviting instead of just a room with a bed.  Anyone want to come visit?


  1. I'll be interested to hear about the non-surgical intervention for your back. I don't talk about mine for the same reason you stated. But I'm tired of it hurting.

    I love my Asics Cumulus too. Love your new colors!

    Yumm on garden tomatoes. Mine are doing very well for me this year!

    Nice deal on the furniture. Yes, I'll come visit, if you'll make me the "cake of my dreams." (that cake you make for Thanksgiving!) LOL, I just realized how rude that sounds--I'll come, not to visit you. just for a piece of cake… sorry 'bout that.

    1. No worries Debby I do not think that was rude and believe it or not, you are not the first person to "pre" request something I've made before they ever get to my house LOL. It's a hazard of being a pretty good cook ;)

  2. Seeing your pics of Gracie on the blog recently made me miss my niece so much! Plane ticket procured for a visit in September...can't wait!

    Spicy noodles? Do tell! What a fun party!

    Jeff's finally started seeing someone for his back - it's such a (literal) pain to deal with that all the time. I feel for you and hope you get some relief from this new doc (and I LOL'd at having to drive 45 minutes...girl. You would be shocked if you ever moved out here, what with the distances and all)(although, our summers last forever, so it might be worth it??)

    Debby cracks me up. I'll come visit, and won't demand cake. Now, all of your other food? Yes, please! :)

    1. I'm going to do a recipe blog on the Spicy Noodles. I thought I had shared them way before now!

      I think driving 45 minutes in big, wide-open Texas is a lot different than driving 45 minutes in trafficy CT. Come visit so I can show you - I'll make you try the NC style pulled pork I've been working on!

  3. I want to come visit! :D I love that these last 12 weeks have brought you piece with food and not obcessing over every bite, lick or cocktail. That's freedom girl!

    And Grace is an example to live out loud every day! Hugs!

    1. Well, if you can get as close as New York by winning that contest, you could jump on a train and come visit - or I could meet you there just so we could meet!

    2. Absolutely! You may as well pencil in the weekend of September 15 "meet up with Biz!" :D

  4. You had options on what perspective to take on and you chose the most awesome one!!! Helen, you're living!! I'm so sorry the back issue has flared. I hope you'll get some relief very soon! Your dinner with the neighbor looks scrumptious!! Nice shoes! I recently bought a new pair too--and it makes a HUGE difference!! Your tomatoes look fabulous. :)

    1. Good shoes when working out are essential. When I started running I had constant shin splints and foot issues because I wore cheap shoes. It took me about 2 months to learn that paying for really good shoes was the best investment I could make into my running.

  5. Haha - reading about you not wanting to complain on the blog makes me realize how much I whine on my blog about everything LOL!

    I love your furniture. Nothing wrong with paying for something you want. As you know, I love to fiddle with things, but sometimes you just want to buy something all ready to go and not have to mess with it. Then it is worth the money.

    I'll visit sometime. Hopefully. John's trips to CT have been curtailed for a bit, though.

    1. I don't think you whine a lot on your blog but even if you did, it's your blog and your outlet!

      The furniture has a couple dings and some scratches that aren't really visible in the photos but I'm going to work on them and see what I can do. But yes, for me, it was worth it to pay a bit more :)

    which must been I need more of both.
    and um the whining complaining? I DO ME A LOT LOT of that.
    ooops :-)

  7. Definitely want to come over and visit you! Unfortunately with the new car that is coming soon, my money is gone and I have to save again.

    Rube is cute and I love your shoes, especially the colors.

    So sorry about your back. I get it that you don't talk about it because it's been going on for so long. Same reason I hardly mention my voice anymore.

    Boohoo for getting dark in the morning again. I think I will have the same experience when I get back to work in 3 weeks.

    Have a great week sweety.

  8. Ooooh, love the blue running shoes! So cute.
    What a great change-up for a summer party menu. Mmmm, blood orange martinis...

    Hope everything goes well with the back. That is the worst pain there is.