Thumbs up: Spring. Green trees. Flowers blooming. Thumbs down that it has been so slow in coming; I miss having a long run of beautiful, temperate days. Thumbs down that neither my husband or I are gardeners; I have “fresh from my garden” envy to go with my purple thumbs.
Thumbs up: Biking. Hubby and I woke our bikes from hibernation and have now had a few rides. Thumbs down that hubby had to take his back to the shop to repair something that got messed up when they fixed something else over the winter. I’ll share more about biking in another post.
Thumbs every which way: Social eating. We were unexpectedly invited to dinner at the last minute a couple weeks ago and I went and chose a very healthy option. Woo hoo. But, thumbs down because last week book club rolled around again. I have two words for you: chocolate fondue. Thumbs up that our monthly dinner with friends was canceled and I didn’t have to think about what I would or would not eat or see the scale move up the next day regardless of what I chose. But huge thumbs down that I was a bit too happy at having dinner canceled – that doesn’t fit very well with my vision of “normal.”
Thumbs down: Breakfast. I am a creature of habit with my first meal of the day. But after over a year happily eating my current breakfast of choice, crockpot “refried” beans, I suddenly became un-enamored. What to replace it with, this great combination of protein, fiber and carbs. Thumbs sort of up that I have for now solved my dilemma by just changing the kind of beans. Not loving it, but not hating it anymore either.
Thumbs down: The Muffin Man morphed into the Candy Man. I never did eat even one of the tempting English muffins my husband brought home but I had less success with a package of Tootsie Rolls. And my son just let it slip that my dear husband has hidden a Costco-size variety pack of full-size candy bars in our basement!
Thumbs down: Hello Costco Sample Lady. Yes, you can offer me that chocolate toffee thing. And that frozen yogurt bar. And that chocolate granola bar sugary thing. And those veggie sticks that are only pretending to be healthy. Where was my usual Costco willpower hiding? Thumbs up for the Costco apples that hubby and I have been eating in vast quantities lately. Maybe the quantity of apples would be a thumbs down but the health factor is a thumbs up for sure.
Thumbs down: Hail damage. Our roof is getting replaced by our insurance company after we pay a hefty deductible. And thumbs down for the huge headache of getting the work done which I remember all too well from the last time we went through this just five years ago. Thumbs down for crazy Kansas weather.
Thumbs up: For exercising alone! My husband, aka cardio partner, was gone one day last week and I overcame my flagging motivation to get on my elliptical and put in my regular morning workout all by my lonesome. Thank you, DVR and Desperate Housewives for helping out this desperate housewife.
Thumbs dirty: Spring cleaning. In preparation for our son’s graduation party at the end of the month. I’m trying to do little bits here and there that might not usually get done. So far I have cleaned all the baseboards on our main floor and dusted all the wood blinds. Yuck.
Thumbs up: Mother’s Day. I had a nice one. Woke up to find the “cleaning fairies” had visited during the night. Had a delicious, healthy dinner of halibut (which was a splurge despite being on sale), spinach salad with strawberries and almonds, and asparagus. There were also rice and rolls for those who wanted them; thumbs up – not me. Thumbs way, way up that I did NOT eat any of the fancy chocolates that someone gave my husband that day or any strawberry shortcake with my husband and teen later while we watched TV together.
Thumbs down: I’m getting another cold. Second one this spring. I don’t like colds:( Or maybe it’s allergies acting up. Don’t like those either. Whine.
Thumbs down: Appliance shopping. Hubby and I decided to replace all our aging kitchen appliances with stainless steel, thanks to the recent sale of our jet ski (which is a long, boring story). So, now the rush is on to choose and order and get them installed before our son’s graduation party at the end of the month. My mind is boggled with all the options and we have spent hours and hours shopping and debating already. I hate making big decisions like this.
Thumbs wriggling with anticipation: Just days away from meeting a blog friend. She says, smiling.
Thumbs undecided: May is flying by!
Thumbs up: The baking report. Forty-four Rice Krispie treats frozen; three in my teen’s tummy; zero for me:) The toughest part was when I was stirring and pieces of cereal stuck to my fingers with melted marshmallow and it would have been so natural to lick it off. But I didn’t. One hurdle passed.