Archive for September 22nd, 2013

Shopping spree

Many of you know that I hate shopping. My favorite saying is, “Shopping is hard; let’s do math.” But occasionally, it is a necessary evil.

I have been working hard to lose weight. I’ve lost 25 lbs so far and have 10 more to go before my 40th birthday in March. I want to rock my 40’s.

Last weekend, I tried on everything in my closet. Any pants or skirts that I could pull off without unbuttoning were tossed. Any shirts or tank tops that fell off my shoulders when they weren’t designed to do so were tossed too. While I was at it, anything that I’d be chided for wearing in What Not To Wear got put in the same pile. That pile now looks like this:

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There are actually three piles there. And that doesn’t show the dresses. So now, the non-dress side of my closet looks like this:

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Except for tshirts, workout gear, and dresses, that is everything I have left. That side used to be filled.

I wasn’t planning on shopping until I lost the last 10 lbs, but, I was sick of pulling my pants up constantly, and I didn’t like the baggy look. So, I took advantage of tax-free, outlet shopping with my mom in New Hampshire. I acquired bags full of clothes.

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And now, I have to figure out how to get them all into my carry-on bag. I did leave two, too-big pairs of pants with Mom.

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How many layers do you think I can wear on the plane?

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Have cook, will travel

While visiting family this weekend, I spent some time cooking. I started with pasta primavera for myself. No pictures there. Then lunch the next day, I made grilled cheese and tomato and forgot to take photos again.

Saturday night dinner, Mom and I made a pasta dish she has been excited to try. Pasta, fresh tomato, onion, garlic, basil, covered in vegetable stock which is cooked off. Then top with Parmesan. Add salt and pepper if you need to. The recipe called for red pepper for a little spice. I tossed some squash and zucchini in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted. Then dinner was served!

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Today, I made grilled cheese for iDad and I at lunch. Tomato, fresh cucumber, pickled veggies, and grapes on the side.

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Dinner tonight was special. It is Evil Step Mother’s (ESM’s) 29th (aka 60th) birthday and her and iDad’s 20th anniversary. So I broke my vegetarianism for a night. Baked, bourbon-marinated salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, local carrots, and asparagus.

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For dessert, cheesecake bought at the grocery store. But, for my own touch, I had iDad mash fresh strawberries with a little sugar and then topped with strawberries and blueberries. Yum!

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Back to the Bay Area tomorrow afternoon and cooking for myself. It was nice to share for a bit!