Thursday, March 16, 2023

Life Lately

Not a lot going on in these here parts, as evidenced by the paltry number of posts on the blog so far this month. I've basically been hibernating since this never ending winter refuses to give way to spring, and hibernation does not exactly produce great blogging content. Shocker, I know.

On the rare occasion that I leave the house for something other than work, you can bet that it has involved food, because; even bears leave the cave for sustenance (I think. I mean, I'm no wildlife expert or anything).

Recently, one of the breweries in Hooterville started serving house-made salads. I was intrigued by The Zeus, which is basically a Mediterranean-styled salad, complete with olives and feta. It was quite good. I washed it down with a non-fat Italian soda made with sugar free coconut and vanilla syrups, which, might just be my go-to drink for the summer.

The salad was the first decently green meal that I had eaten in a while; I tend to crave less healthy fare in cold weather (again, I'm pretty sure that's what bears do) so I've been remiss in the vegetable department. Once I realized that, I started making more of an effort to include more roughage into my diet, including sprouts, which I like tucked into sandwiches and sprinkled over salads.

Sprouts have gotten expensive in the markets around here, so I'm glad I invested in sprouting jars a while back. Sprouting seeds are also expensive, but you get a hell of a lot more sprouts out of them and can have a fresh crop grown in less than a week. Currently, I am using broccoli and mung bean seeds for my sprouts.

When I'm not being mindful of what I'm shoving into my gaping maw, I tend to gravitate towards the least healthy carbs available, which, right now, consist of breads. Cinnamon loaf is one of my favorite comfort breads, so I baked two large loaves of it last weekend. I also made lemon scones to take to work for one of our partners who happens to love lemon scones and who is British. The fact that he said my scones were the best he'd ever eaten is most certainly a lie; Brits are polite like that. 

During hibernation, I also seem to be more interested in planning my summer garden; I suppose that is true for a lot of people. I've been ordering seed catalogs, seeds, and other gardening items and I cannot wait for the weather to get nice enough to clean out my raised beds. I am also determined to clear the space for a greenhouse this spring, and, want to have one installed before the end of summer so that I can start seeds during the winter next year, rather than sitting in my house wishing I could.

Since I am naturally inclined to look on the bright side of things, I can report that being forced to spend weekends inside the house has opened up plenty of opportunity for me to organize my spaces. I finally got around to clearing out my office, including the massive amount of scrapbooking paraphernalia that I collected over the course of my children's lifetimes.

I weeded out the items that I know I no longer need and organized the items that I still want to use. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Past Me had done a remarkably good job of organizing photos by date/event/milestone, etc. This includes the paper, stickers, die cuts, etc., that I had planned layouts around. 

Since everything was together, I decided to jump back in and get caught up. Queen B's scrapbooks ended at the beginning of her sophomore year of high school, while the Man-Cub's were stuck in the middle of eighth grade, so I have my work cut out for me (ha! Scrapbooking humor!). I spent most of the day this past Saturday, working on Queen B's book and managed to complete about ten pages, despite being constantly interrupted by the fur babies, who demanded constant attention.

While I was working on the scrapbooks, and, since I've been reading more for pleasure (book reviews coming soon! Maybe!); I have noticed that my eyesight bueno. I mean, I've known that for awhile now, but, the past few weeks have been even worse than usual. Luckily, I scheduled an eye appointment with a new clinic a while back and this was the week that I finally saw the doctor.

I liked him, very much. I especially liked the part where he said that my astigmatism isn't as bad as it used to be, according to his tests vs. my records from the old practice that I used to patronize (and which I tried to get into for an appointment but was immediately put off by the attitude of the receptionist who took my call; life is too short to deal with rudeness, so I moved along). So, either my eyes have gotten better with age (unlikely), or, the old practice had my prescription wrong.

 Anyhoodle, the exam went well; my eyes are healthy and I have a prescription for new glasses. I'm planning to use my old frames, in which they will install new lenses, saving me a boatload of money. This is another reason that I love this new practice and am happy I made the switch; the old practice went in hard on the upsell.

One last thing before I call it a day; a new Thai food truck opened in Hooterville and I was super excited to try the drunken noodles. They were not as good as the Thai truck that used to be in Hooterville, but I'm not going to complain because they were still delicious. Plus, the day I tried them just happened to be the first day in ages and ages that we had sunshine, mild temperatures, and no precipitation, which meant that I got to walk from Not So New Job to the Hooterville Town Square for lunch alfresco.

Of course, it snowed later that night, but I'm taking my wins where I can get them.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of yummy foods and yay for starting to get caught up on scrapbooking! My boys still live at home and I feel like the scrapbooking is never ending; though it has thankfully slowed down a lot from when they were little.