Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trader Joe's

I have been in Texas for nearly a year and one thing has been desperately missing from my life. Trader Joe's. We have one relatively close but I have not had inclination to get over there. Then yesterday morning I decided that enough is enough and I made the voyage. Part of me was scared that it would be different here. Like Inn-N-Out. *pout*

But, I turned the corner and there it was!



 I heard heavenly music over the kids complaining. (There is a makeup store two doors down...it scared them. Ulta is never the quick trip I tell them it will be.)

I didn't get a haul picture and I really wish I had. But some of the massively exciting (for me!) parts were:


The Blueberry & Pomegranate Unsweetened Green Tea tastes refreshing and earthy. It feels so good...hydrating and energizing. So portable in the pretty green bottle. I can keep one in my bag all the time to keep me off the crack (Diet Coke and Starbucks). 

I also love the containers of fruit...peaches and nectarines...and apples...and bananas. I could go on. But I hit the veggies pretty hard, too. Huge portabello mushsrooms and asparagus. My husband was thrilled. I grabbed a head of cauliflour, sliced it thick and made two cauliflour steaks by coating them with a little coconut oil, salt and chili pepper...then I baked them along with the extra florettes that didn't make it into steak form...for about half an hour. I flipped it a few times. Really hearty. 


These Green Tea Mints are soooo yummy. I wouldn't have thought that the flavors would meld well. But, they really do. Its a nice smooth mint in a super cute little leaf shape. 


Tonight we are sauteing the asparagus and having it with their meatballs. They have two kinds...turkey and italian-style beef (and a "party style" that I have never tried. But I am curious). Both with no preservatives or artificial coloring. They cook up super fast and they can go in anything! Sandwiches, spaghetti, soups...you can eat them alone. They are delicious and have lots of protein to keep me from getting cranky.

But, I think my favorite part of the Trader Joe's experience is the flowers. They have the best flower display when you walk in and the prices are just so low...I can't say no. If $3.00 is going to keep fresh flowers on my counter for me to look at while I am doing dishes then I am a much happier girl. This time I got sunflowers. They are my husbands favorite. They really brightened him up. He came home early from work yesterday feeling sick (since Saturday). The Texas weather is crazy right now. The humidity and rainstorms...you would hardly think we were in late June and a drought. Every time we have a storm I wonder what on earth our area is doing with the rain water...how are we still in this drought? So odd!

So, I will end with this awesome picture of the Trader Joe's floral display...low prices, tin buckets and all. I love it!




P.S. I don't work for Trader Joe's...but you would think I did. I wonder if they get a good discount...now back to my yarn. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cowl Weather

I'm sick. :( Sore throat, cough...just a mess.

We have been stuck inside the house since the ice storm in early December. I was not made for the cold.

My little one has been full of four year old fears lately. Mostly water and darkness. Teaching him how to empower himself and that he is safe is note easy while he is down with the flu.

But I have been a little productive!! Lots of knitting and I made myself a cowl. Its black with hot pink (both I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby) and a thread of sequined metallic for fun.



Its birthmonth and I plan to fill it with fun!!



Here is Mooglys Link for the free pattern. Thanks Moogly!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Procrastination

Its been a good long time since I have suffered with the procrastination that I am pushing through at this moment. There are many things that cause procrastination. Perfectionism. Lack of Focus. Fear of Failure. But, for me right now it is task anxiety. I just do not feel like taking the plunge into anything new right now.

In the fall I like to settle into warm, friendly, easy  stuff. Right now my to-do is full of stressful, decision-filled tasks that I don't really have any idea how they will turn out. Intimidating for me.

I need to design two new hats and sew an apron. By tomorrow. I have pushed it off for so long that the moment is here.

So, how do we get past the urge to procrastinate?

Visualization and Discipline!

I just visualize it already done. When something diverts my attention I tell myself no...not until this is finished! And then I remember how good it feels to finish something.

So on with the yarn!! *waves hook*

PS...I am so excited. I finished painting my kitchen. It took forever to choose a green. :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Windows 8 Windows+ Shortcut Keys

Recently I got Windows 8. I got home and found that there was an update. It was free and easy. "Windows 8.1" (I just googled it for the download).
Since we play video games we had a little struggle getting the computer to bipass the integrated graphics card and recognize the beefy one I needed to play Final Fantasy 14 online without lag. We had to access boot menu and enable/disable somethings. It was a hard half hour! 
But now that it is working I am getting to know Windows 8(.1) and like it (kinda). I am a simple girl. I didnt need new apps/bells/whistles on my PC. But, they are here and that is fine. The list before is what you can pull up with the Windows icon key on your keyboard when you hold it down with other letters and symbols. Its a little more reliable that the swiping. 

Useful Windows Shortcut Keys –
  1. WINDOWS key – to switch between desktop and modern(metro) interface
  2. ALT+TAB – to switch between apps recently opened
  3. WINDOWS+C – open the Windows 8 charms
  4. WINDOWS+Q – see all apps
  5. WINDOWS+X – very handy to see the control panel
  6. WINDOWS+Z- to see app bar properties down
  7. WINDOWS+Q- search the apps
  8. WINDOWS+D – to get desktop interface
  9. WINDOWS+F – to search a file
  10. WINDOWS+TAB – modern taskbar
  11. WINDOWS+I – to get settings
  12. WINDOWS+R – run dialog
  13. WINDOWS+L – to lock the computer
  14. WINDOWS+P – switch to presentation
  15. Hold WINDOWS plus – Zoom in
  16. Hold WINDOWS minus – Zoom out

Monday, October 21, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

I have been crocheting. Quite a bit really. It kept my hands busy during the move.

This was for a swap last month. I sent Gozer a Little Red Riding Hood for her to wear.

I used the Ruadh pattern on Ravelry. It turned out beautifully. The pattern is fabulous. BUT...the stitch the body is in took much longer than I expected. So this is not a quick project.

 
 

This picture shows a little of the detail around the edge. It went all the way up one side, over the hood and down the other side. That was a long strip of crocheted cables. I got VERY familiar with the pattern.
But I am very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully it keeps her warm for a long time!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sewing A Purse

I love bags! I knew I had to be a part of the purse swap on Craftster!!!

So I joined. I get a little stressed about my sewing machine. But I am happy with how it turned out.

I sewed Spidermom a HUGE purple bag with lots of goodies to fill it up!

 
 
I even got to try felting! I felted hearts on the zipper pouch and phone case. :)
 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fitbit One

Its a gorgeous day out. It is juuust starting to get cold. My coconut oil is solidifying in its jar. The pumpkin spice is beginning to appear everywhere I go. Pants.

This summer was eye-opening. I moved from California to Texas. I came from the desert and our temps were always comparable. But our humidity was NOTHING compared to here. The first time I went for a run I thought I was going to have to call and have someone pick me up. It felt like my lungs just lost the will to breath. Heavy. Sadly, I let the heat win. I stopped in week five of my C25K program.

But, I am back! I will begin my C25K program this week. I expect to accomplish this with flying colors now that the heat is behind me.

I also purchased a Fitbit One. I am in love. (5575 steps so far today!)



It coordinates with my food log and wearing it makes me much more likely to log my food. Sometimes that just slips my mind. For days. I even lost a few pounds this week!

If you are on the fence I highly recommend grabbing a FitBit One.

Here is a link to where they sell it on Amazon

I grabbed mine at BestBuy, thought. Once I made the decision I really wanted that instant gratification. I am not one to buy something on a whim. I thought about this for a few weeks. I am glad that I did. It has made my calorie count on MyFitnessPal SO much more accurate. Depending on how much I move during the day my calorie output can vary about 400 calories. That is not including my workouts...just my daily calorie output living my life. Sometimes I am super sedentary. When I have a big crochet project. Tuesdays I am often lazy. Its my "day off". I clean the house on Mondays...I had no problem destroying my 10K steps on cleaning day.

I have had MANY step counters. But this one is by far the most sensitive without counting steps that didn't really happen. I test it often. It also talks to my Iphone. So I log my food in MFP on my Iphone and see how many calories that I can still eat on my Fitbit App. Its a little higher than my MFP calories allow. So far its working really well.

I am very careful to log my water on Fitbit. Water is huge if you are trying to lose weight. Sometimes I forget to cram it in between cups of coffee.

Fitbit One also logs sleep. I was happy to see that I am a very efficient sleeper. I guess having two boys will do that for you. It tells me if I woke up. That's not news. But it also lets me know how many restless moments I have during the night. That is more enlightening.

So Monday morning C25K. :) The jogging stroller is ready!