2. I keep feeling quite astonished at how early we are getting spring this year. It's fun to see my tulips and daffodils before April! We haven't even raked anything yet. I'll take the green sprouts, brown leaves floating around and all.
4. The main reason I didn't want to be sick, this past weekend in particular, is that my sister came to CT to celebrate my birthday. We went out for a fantastic brunch, then to my favorite winery for Barrels and Brushes. A seasoned artist shows how to paint a particular picture. They provide all the paints, canvas, etc. We sat in the barrel room at the winery with a glass of wine and painted! Oh my goodness, this was so much fun even though I do not have an artistic bone in my body.
Plus we got to have some time with our beloved Jacob. Long time readers will be astonished to hear that he's turning 13 in September! Such a little man. Gracie, of course, had a fit that she couldn't come but was reminded she got her alone time last month.
5. On Thursday morning (before the throat burn), when I got up it was 58. I skipped my run and did step aerobics, which I can't do in the winter garage - too cold and I'm too bound up by clothing. There I was in capris and a short sleeved shirt stepping away. But let me tell you, as well as the running has been going, woooo buddy am I out of step shape - definitely used different leg muscles and they told me so.
6. My MCL is still hurty. Fortunately it's just on side-to-side movements and/or if I have my leg flexed in a certain position for a long time. Sometimes I wake up from the pain and then I'm sleepy and under the covers trying to reposition my leg so it will stop. Doing this the other night, I gave myself a charlie horse in my calf. It was so stupid it was comical. Anyway, annoying. And I have the feeling this is going to be like the hamstring pull a couple years ago where it dragged on for almost a year. Boo!
7. Powered by Aleve Cold and Sinus D on Saturday, I did something I haven't done in a very long time - went out shopping and I was gone for nearly 4 hours. I bought that new spring flag, some fun cocktail napkins (which we use on the patio all summer no matter what kind of drink), some shirts and things to wear to work, and a new outfit to wear to the brunch and painting on Sunday. Best part of all, I didn't spend a cent as it was all powered by gift cards, Woot!
Brunch outfit: I had the shoes already and decided on these knit wide-leg pants and lace top with bell sleeves. Is it wrong to say how comfortable this outfit is and how much I love it? May I also say I have great respect for clothing photographers. This isn't the best shot but it was the best I could get lol!
8. After declaring we are having a staycation only this year, I found a really, really inexpensive hotel in Hyannis, on Cape Cod. We love the cape but haven't been back there since our disastrous visit in 2010 when it rained every day and we left two days early. Hopefully that won't happen but if it does we have until 3 days before check-in to back out. Plus we won't go for a full week so some of our time off will still be staycation time. I figured why not reserve the room even if we decide later not to go.
9. I can't believe I haven't shared this Chicken Fajita recipe with you guys. They are oven roasted and from the first time I made them, I told Mr. Helen I'll never make fajitas another way. The things I do differently than the recipe is that I use fajita seasoning in place of the taco and I double the veggies. They are quick and easy and can be scaled to suit your portion needs. You can even use this as a basis for a nice rice bowl, if you prefer that over a tortilla wrap. Photo is the actual batch I made last week.
10. I'm on the losing trail again. Mr. Helen and I agreed that I had to lose all the weight I'd gained plus at least 1 lb. in order for me to get another $5. And I did! He said I almost doubled what I'd gained. Now he's decided that he wants to keep track and see if it's a cyclical thing being caused by hormones even though I'm quite menopausal. I actually think it's funny how he's really getting into the statistics. In any case, I no longer wish to weigh the 135 lbs. of my younger years and every time I've tried to lose weight and couldn't get back there, I was never satisfied thereby leading to self-sabotage, mental anxiety, and more weight gain. No matter where my weight ends up, this is truly what I'm aiming for: a Sanity Setpoint.