Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Think I'll go and Eat Worms

Remember that old song. "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll go and eat worms..." what a cry for attention and I'm the one crying! I've got a rotten sinus infection and am snuffly and grumpy. I have however survived the first few days of my new me in the office with flying colors. Desk is moved so that I have better light; can access the printer without going through double back bends and, the piles have been organised according to subject matter. One day at a time. I am making progress. Thank you Lorie Marrero. And, this is a real biggy, I overcame my fear of changing light  bulbs and replaced numerous dead bulbs throughout the house.
My next resolution is not unique. Everyone's either doing it or talking about doing it...Oprah , NPR. Losing weight! Drum role, dim the lights, hide the brie (my weakness). The middle age spread is spreading far too rapidly to be ignored and I'm convinced that the increased knee creaking is in direct relationship to weight they have to bear. OK, I'm not grossly overweight by any standards other than those ludicrous insurance charts but I am conscious of a snug fit and more than one reach for the Spanx this holiday season. I am going to be nice to myself!
I've mentioned before my inability to cook for myself. Well, along with an efficient office, that is my goal. I dragged myself from my sick bed, poured through Cooking Light and Eating Well (Williams Sonoma) and made up a menu for the week. Looked at a couple of old favorite winter comfort food recipes and sent them off the Chef Mary Ann for a trimming. Then I went grocery shopping. My problem is that I don't plan ahead unless I'm cooking for friends and family and come lunch or dinner time I can't think what to eat so go on a fridge and pantry (that is pantry) raid. Now I'm stocked; my menu printed and the ingredients to hand. I have a specific goal because I know at what weight I look my best (and I am realistic). I'll keep you posted. Oh, and for the record, I'm not doing any extremes and cutting out of my life things I enjoy (such as a glass of wine with dinner) rather I'm planning and cooking so that I don't randomly grab and eat bizzare meals. I'll confess to an all time low several years ago....I ate potato chip and condensed milk sandwiches two days in a row! This time I've banished the temptations and quick fix from the kitchen and am going to love cooking for myself. I shall even set the table and, if the mood strikes, light a fire and candle....and I'm going to relax in my jetted tub tonight. It's made in Germany and intended for use in athletic facilities....let me tell you, on full mode you feel as though you are being pummeled by a very strong masseuse.
Still on the subject of being kind to myself, I canceled an open house I planned on hosting this weekend. Accepted that superwoman was germ laden and should not be handling food so gave myself permission to re-schedule. I'm working towards a more balanced life.
Found out that our Twitter is one of the top ones visited and followed in Arizona. How great it is to know that all the work Genny does there is followed. This whole growth of an internet magazine is a slow slog to the top of the heap but we are inching forward. Is that A parenting Plan in Your Holiday Stocking was one of our most visited articles in December and I'm happy to write that we think we have attorney, Lisa Abrams, committed to writing for us on a regular basis. She's going to be exploring the different forms that domestic abuse can take next month and it's a subject we'll spend more time on. I'm interviewing , Erina Delic, on Friday. She's an extraordinary woman doing very necessary work. Erina is the ED of Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities. (TIARC) Her own story is one of remarkable courage and determination. Look for it on the 15th. in the Tucson pages of Connections for Women.
Dinner calls.

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