Thumbs up: IRL meetup. Recently I had another chance to meet face-to-face with someone I’ve only known online. This time, someone from my “diet” forum. She posted that she was in my town for work and I asked if she wanted to meet. She did. We did. And we chatted an afternoon away. So fun. And this is the first person I’ve met from my “online life” who follows the same “diet plan” as me. Thumbs way up that I have another blogger meet-up on my calendar for this Spring!!!! (You can read about my first two here and here.)
Thumbs outstretched: Help! I’m thinking of changing my blog’s host to Bluehost. If anyone has experience with them and would be willing to share or answer some questions, please let me know. (And much thanks to those who’ve already been sharing with me via email!) My contract with Godaddy is up soon so it’s now or (maybe) never. But maybe the devil I know is better than the one I don’t? And, huge thumbs down that the technological knowledge needed to make the switch is beyond me; my brain hurts just thinking about it. I guess I’d need some “technical expertise” to guide me though. Thumbs down thinking about that.
Thumbs down: Bad car day. Really, really bad. The kind where the “bad” just kept coming. In one day I… got lost driving to a location I’ve been to many times over the years but never when the police had a major road blocked off (and our GPS was in the other car); fought with a pillar in a parking garage that wanted to trap me in a too-tight space, and lost, leaving behind a lovely “scar;” and, icing on the already-crappy-and-stomach-ache-inducing cake, had someone flip me the bird when I really, really did nothing to deserve it. (Trust me, I learned to drive near Boston; I own up to my road rage and/or idiocy when warranted!)
Thumbs amused: Pee and me. Because the search term that is most often used to find my blog is the word “pee.” Yep. “Pee.” I can
lay blame on give credit to one of my favorite posts: Pee-o-Meter. I can only imagine what someone thinks when this is where their search lands them:) Thumbs up that it’s making me smile, just thinking about their surprise. Last week alone I got 47 hits! (As a comparison, variations on my blog’s name got only 6 hits!) Maybe I should give a bit more thought to the words I use on my blog. Maybe. And maybe, thumbs down, I should finally pay some attention to things like SEO. Maybe. But probably maybe NOT.
Thumbs up: Experimenting in the kitchen. With “Better-than-tuna-salad.” Rather an odd recipe that uses chick peas in place of the namesake tuna. You’ll have to decide for yourselves if it’s anything like the original because all I can say is it was “interesting” tasting. Yep, that’s the actually word I kept saying. And, it really grew on me over the few days of leftovers. I can see how it’s like tuna salad, but then again, it isn’t. If I eat it expecting tuna, my taste buds and brain don’t match up and it throws me. I ate mine on a green salad. If you try it, let me know what you think. As for me, I’ll be eating it again.
Thumbs undecided: Experimenting in the kitchen some more. This time, it was Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. I had very high expectations because I really like sweet potatoes and am a black bean fan. But what I now realize is that I like my sweet potatoes, well, “sweet.” And in this recipe they are “savory.” The first night, with the chili still mouth-burning-hot from the crock pot, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t make it again. But the flavors developed over time and now I’m thinking it’s worth a second try. Maybe the same recipe or maybe a different version. If you have one you like, please let me know. Thumbs up that the calorie count (not that I really track that anymore but it’s always sort of lurking in the back of my mind) is pretty low. Thumbs up for warm, cozy food on a cold winter day. Thumbs up that the winter here has been wayyyy less cold than usual.
Thumbs down: Mystery stuffiness. So… I have a stuffy nose. It’s been going on for weeks now. It’s not a cold. I actually thought for a while there that it might have been a side effect of my overeating “bad” carbs during the holidays. Don’t laugh – it’s possible; I looked it up on Dr. Internet! Then I next self-diagnosed it as a side effect (well documented online) of the huge dosage of Aleve that my doctor had me taking for my calf strain. So, with the mystery seemingly solved, I weaned off the Aleve and put away my Breath Right strips in eager anticipation of clear nostrils. But no. Still sniffling. Still wondering why. Maybe my formerly seasonal allergies have decided to visit for a new season. Sigh. Sniff.
Thumbs wondering: Fitbloggin ’12. Anyone going? Anyone who’s been want to tell me why I should consider spending all that money for two days in Baltimore?
Thumbs up: Empty nest. Again. College winter break has ended and my sons have both flown back to their respective sides of the country, and, if they are reading this, I miss them horribly. If they aren’t reading, I’m once again rather enjoying my empty nest:)
Thumbs flipped: Dark chocolate. Used to be that the only way I liked dark chocolate was coating strawberries:) But for some reason it had been on my mind lately and I was kinda craving it just a bit. (The “maybe I want to try it” as opposed to the “I want it BAAAAAAD” kind of craving.) The dark kind that is actually supposed to be healthy. So, I bought some. And I liked it. More than I expected. Which was a bad thing. Because liking something a lot is what leads to me overeating most things that I tend to overeat. And I’m now adding dark chocolate to the list. So, thumbs up that I liked it: my taste buds have matured:) Thumbs down that I liked it so much that I ate more than one serving. Okay, maybe more than two servings. Sigh.
Thumbs up: Going Greek. I have absolutely no idea why I am suddenly on a Greek yogurt eating kick. I’ve never been a yogurt fan and in the past ONLY ate it with cereal added for crunch. But now I have a stockpile of Chobani in my fridge and am enjoying it cereal-free. Thumbs up for the new apple cinnamon flavor. Yum. And while I’m talking Greek… thumbs up that this semester my teen is a “brother” instead of a “pledge.” One less thing for me to worry about long-distance.
Thumbs up: Yoga. Still. Not only have I been to class twice a week since I started back, but I am even trying some at home. Thumbs down that I’m not quite motivated enough to do much on my own. But it’s certainly more than I was doing before:) Thumbs up that I even got my husband to try with me. And yesterday my mom (who has a bad knee and can’t do traditional yoga) and I tried a local chair yoga class. We took two on our spa vacation and this is the only one we have found near us. It was a bit disappointing. More of a “stretch for seniors” than yoga poses. One woman even came with her walker!
Thumbs up: You. When I was reading your great comments on my post about my blog reading process I realized that I probably don’t tell you often enough that you rock my world. Sure, I started blogging for myself. But you are what keeps me blogging. The community. The conversations. And, always, your comments. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You complete me:)