New normal

This is pretty much what my lunches look like lately – meat, cheese, and fruit or veggies. Today it’s turkey, cheddar, and a tomato / mozzarella / basil salad with a drizzle of olive oil. 

I’ll have a handful of almonds in a couple hours. It’s not very exciting, but it’s easy, nutritious, and filling; plus, I’m down 5 pounds in 2 weeks!

Posted in Health & Wellness | Leave a comment

WIP Wednesday: Hue Shift 

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Please hold

Forty-five minutes on the phone with CenturyLink, trying to do something that should be very simple: forward our office phone to an answering service after hours. I got the answering service all set up, tested it, left sample voicemails. The part that should have been super easy (forwarding our calls) is turning out to be anything but.

Our phone system is ancient, by technology standards. The voicemail card died a few days ago, and that apparently makes it so that we can’t use the system’s “forwarding” feature… So, I’m on the phone with our service provider trying to figure out how to do it from their side. Thing is, I need to be able to toggle this on and off each day – and that seems to be a thing that they can’t do for me. I can do it, according to the service rep, if I had access to the magical portal.

Do I have access to the magical portal?


My designated account rep can give me access. Have I contacted them? No, I don’t know who my rep is this week. She starts to give me an email address, then pauses. It sounds like she isn’t sure who my rep really is, either.


Posted in Pet Peeves, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lap full of rainbow

The Hue Shift blanket is good commuter project, but my TV knitting is a big ol’ granny square afghan – a rainbow of fun!

Posted in Knitting & Crochet | Leave a comment

Blues & Greens

This is the Hue Shift afghan, purchased as a kit from KnitPicks. The mitered squares are knit on into four large squares, which are then joined so there’s minimal seaming. I’m working on the first quadrant.

Posted in Knitting & Crochet | 2 Comments

Perfectly natural

I am shelling peas from the garden, and keep stopping to admire the perfect little rows of green. 

Posted in Gardening | 1 Comment

Baby steps

I’m making a concerted effort to be healthier – and while that includes losing weight, I know myself well enough to know that drastic measures will make me miserable and fail in the long run. So, small steps. 

I joined a gym and have been going a few times a week. Last week I met with a personal trainer to learn exercises that would not irritate my knees. And, I’m cleaning up my food choices.

I’ve known for a long time that I feel better of I keep my grain consumption down well below the recommended daily amounts – way, way below – and one or two servings daily is about right. More than that and I experience fatigue, headaches, and bloating. I had fallen back into the habit of eating several servings a day, and my belt protested. A few days of grain-free has me feeling good and three pounds of water weight gone (the bloat is real).

I’m working on making better choices this week. Breakfast was a hardboiled egg and a handful of unsalted nuts. 

Today’s lunch does have red whole wheat (pretzels), which has decent fiber and protein levels to offset the carbohydrates. Still, one small serving is sufficient. 

Posted in Health & Wellness | 1 Comment