Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Don't Make Me Go Back to Work

I have four days off this week and I could totally get used to staying home full time. Yesterday I met my husband at the bowling alley. The high school has a bowling for gym and they bus the kids to the local bowling alley.
After visiting with my favorite bus driver (sorry, sister - you are my favorite too), I stopped in a little resale shop. Plenty of barely used "diet" books always seem to be available. I actually considered the 400 calorie fix, just for the recipes. The concept is that you eat 400 calories for each meal. It would be handy to have that already figured and some of the recipes looked quite tasty. However, I was too cheap to spend $10 on a used book.
I never tried the South Beach diet, but I think like many diets it worked for quite a few people - until they stopped doing it.
Being off work also allowed me to to watch my niece cheer at the first basketball game of the season. On days I am working it would be quite a rush for me to get there in time to just see the end of the game.
The height of pumpkin season is officially over. Today on our walk, Millie and I saw a bunch of pumpkins waiting for the trash man.
  
 Then there was this poor pumpkin.
My husband would like to remind everyone that pumpkin pie season NEVER ends. My advice to all you married ladies. If your husband loves something his mom makes (more than yours)....don't be offended, just let her make it for him. It is a win/win - he's happy, she's happy and you don't have to make it :)

These bags full of ornamental grass made me chuckle.
Last night I had my first MRI in about 3 years. I was a little anxious. Not because of the MRI itself - those I find rather soothing. I like the cozy tube and like listening to all the different noises and their patterns. The MRI tech was surprised when I told her I would rather listen to the machine than the radio station through a headset. Seriously, what if I was trapped in there and the most annoying terrible songs came on the radio...no thanks.
Back to the anxiety...I don't remember how much I weighed last time and with my recent gain I was convinced it would make me feel cramped in the tube. I was also worried about having that much "quiet" time to think about things I'd rather not. The space was not an issue. The mental part was a bit tougher, but any time my thoughts would start to wander I would very purposefully start counting the different tones of the scan - 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 knocks....1-2-3 beeps. Sometimes the noises were too fast for me to keep up with counting. My strategy worked and it was overall a good experience.

I meet with my neurologist tomorrow. We are just looking for additional MS activity/lesions since my last scan. We are hoping for the neurologist to confirm my brain is "unimpressive" - a good thing.

My husband is off today and we have planned to catch an early showing of the new James Bond movie, Spectre.  It is a 10:20 a.m. showing - not sure I have ever seen a movie that early.

Then later today we are celebrating my awesome nephew's 17th birthday. I don't even know what to say about that...he was just born yesterday. He has always been Maximum Cuteness :)

Happy Wednesday to you all.  I am linking up today with Winter for Weigh In Wednesday.


12 comments:

  1. My husband loves tons of things his mom makes but he won't get the recipes from her so I can try them. He just says I wish I could eat...

    I prefer listening to music in the MRI; last time I had one they let me pick the station.

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    1. I guess he will have to call his mom then :) I think I could have picked the station, but still there might be songs I'd rather not have to hear.

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  2. My MIL makes this chicken enchilada casserole that my husband LOVES... she sent me the recipe once, but I've never made it because I decided it could be that special meal that only his mom makes (plus, I don't particularly love it...). It's worked out, as she makes it every time we visit.

    I've only had 1 MRI, and found the sounds to be soothing. I wasn't given the choice to listen to music though!

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    1. I think it is kinda special for a mom to make something for her baby and I am okay with it. The first couple I had I could bring my own CD and that was good - I just made sure it was one that I like ALL the songs.

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  3. Prayers for an "unimpressive" MRI. Hubby and I are going to see that next week!!

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    1. Thanks Lori - I hope you get good results.

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  4. Eric's mom also has special little things she makes for him every time he comes come, it actually makes me happy to see him get so excited for his childhood treats. I agree, she's a sweet lady and it makes her happy, it makes him happy, so it's a win all around!

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    1. It is fun. One of my husband's wacky childhood faves is pimento cheese on hotdogs...it's not bad.

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  5. Hoping your MRI is unimpressive! Sounds like you had a good break from work though. Those are always nice!

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  6. Thankfully my husband's mother was not a great cook so I've never had to worry about measuring up. :)

    We have a couple of those South Beach cookbooks because Darrell always loses a ton of weight on it - until he gives up the diet of course. I do however still like a couple of the recipes. I love the low carb cheesecake they have (for a low carb dessert anyway).

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    1. I am all for incorporating recipes from various "diets". I've never tried low carb cheesecake.

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