Well, hi. I’m back. On Thursday, I fell a victim of a nasty cold, took Laurel’s advice to rest and then snow came in on Friday. Which is a very hard problem to understand for the rest of North America in December, I get it. But just so you know, if it snows in Vancouver life STOPS. It equals to almost the end of the world because it snows in PNW once every 10 years. But because of La Nina we got snow. And that is why I caught a cold which is hard even for my kids to believe. They both exclaimed with eyes size of a saucer “You are WHAT?! Sick?! Why? You never get sick!”. I know, I know, I’m made out of steel. Nothing ever happens to me.
So, with snow came in the shoveling, sledding, lots of clothes drying, schedule chaos, hottub time and it felt like a Christmas has married a school break and adopted the New Years. Only later to divorce and today is December 12th. It is all still ahead which is a wonderful time of the year. And my mom said maybe they will come over for Christmas but they just don’t know yet. Of course, no rush, lots of time. I promised myself to chillax this season. I’m not even sweating Amazon losing half of Santa’s gifts.
So, that is where I was gone. And this morning, after a visit to the principal’s office, a workout and a ton of tidying up, I have time to pop in to report what I really ate this past weekend. Just before kids get back from school and craziness of what’s for dinner, homework and bedtime begins all over again. But Carole will clean my house and I have really nothing to complain about, right?! When is my bedtime again?!
I’m planning to make my healthy nutella pie tomorrow and post it hopefully on Wednesday – Thursday. I promised and I remember. And it would be perfect for all your Holidays celebrations. It is making my Christmas Eve and dinner table for sure. And before I go for a long break, I plan to share my immigration story because that is the only time you will be able to digest that much information.
Because I was feeling not my greatest I forgot to take a few pictures. Clearly I felt well enough for a glass of wine by the tree listening to Frank Sinatra in my cozy slippers. Why not?! Then for dinner I had a Trident wild salmon patty from Costco on half a Silverhills Bakery bun with green smoothie and salad.
Then unpacking my 10 year old’s backpack required an immediate make me feel and happy again treat. I had Ferrero Rocher candy, 2 mandarins and a few more chocolates. I think I had more after. Holidays remind me so much of Ukraine because we ate craft chocolates only around New Years.
Here is what I found in his backpack. No, not a condom and not weed.
Quiz of the year: Do you see anything wrong with this grade 5 test? Hint: It is not the proud mama moment (I was sick to do homework just one time and here is what happens) or a pretty sticker. Leave a comment below.
Yes, this is why I was at the principal’s office this morning.
For breakfast, were oatmeal protein waffles with almond butter and coffee. Man, it felt so good to pull out a healthy breakfast from the freezer. It was one of my deadline projects I was working on last week and recipe is coming in January. January 18th to be exact.
Lately, we have been snacking a lot on these Kirkland nuts. I haven’t bought them for a while because they contain peanut oil which is not organic but what can I do?! I have to eat and these nuts are better than fast food or something.
I forgot to take a picture of my lunch but at least I remember it – brown rice with 2 fried eggs and a salad. Very simple. Alex made it.
For dinner was chicken in peanut ginger and jalapeño sauce with buckwheat and salad. And wine. I tested this new recipe and with a few tweaks it could be a winner for the blog.
Day started with Breakfast with Santa at the Grouse Mountain that Alex’s company holds for its employees every year. I would never pay that much myself so please don’t think I’m rich.
I had scrambled eggs, sausage, roasted potatoes, fruit, smoked salmon and a tiny piece of bagel. And coffee.
And then I gave in to a few pieces of bacon. Yes, I did. Haven’t had bacon for a year I think. It was honestly OK.
We lost kids to snow for the day again. It was beautiful and magical. Vera, time to dust off your skates!:)
For snack, I had a Taste of Nature bar. It was yum!
Around 4 PM we had to eat Tim Hortons because there were a few more errands to run. So, I ordered a chipotle chicken wrap and ripped of tortilla ends and cheese. It filled me for the rest of the night. I had 1.5 glasses of wine at a friend’s house and then that was it. I wasn’t really hungry for dinner, just exhausted for bed. I love my bed and my bedtime.
I am happy I do not bake cookies. Honestly, I feel blah a bit and gained a few lbs since Mexico. It is winter. I couldn’t go for my walks as usual because of the rain and then sitting at home eating and drinking in the dark doesn’t help. Even healthy food. You gotta move. I mean this is my normal drinking. I mean it is not the problem. I am just used to being more active. I need to work out more at home which I’m vouching to do this month. I need to look after myself more and think about myself more. I was so busy with work, house and kids, leaving no time for myself. Done with that. I’m back to working out 3 times a week whatever it takes. I need to feel myself.
You do the same if you are feeling like me right now. Make yourself a priority. Every little bit matters.
Have a great week! Tomorrow I work out again because Wednesday is a Christmas concert morning lol. And then we have a lot of homework to do this week…