Yesterday was a Family Day here in BC, combined with 5 days of no school and previous 2 snow days, feels like there is never any school in this country. We took advantage of a beautiful warm sunny day and went skiing which was fantastic. The drive was beautiful, we skied in sweaters and Alex took over our 6 year old (after my Sunday’s mental breakdown haha) so it meant I could ski like a grown-up. Alex’s verdict was “OMG he never stops talking”. YEP.
Today is Valentine’s Day and we do not have special plans. You know, just another dinner (no idea what is for dinner yet but maybe shrimp tacos for the blog?!), laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, swimming lessons and kindergarten immunizations (Alex took a day off for this because I’m not doing that).
Before I run away to the store, here is a recap of what I ate this past weekend.
On Friday night, I made this AMAZING one pot Mexican rice with organic jasmine brown rice (I found it in an ethnic aisle at Superstore and we LOVE it), zucchini, corn, black beans and diced tomatoes. OMG it was such an easy vegetarian dinner. I will post it this week.
I did have a small glass of wine after and my healthy chocolate ice cream for dessert. It is so easy, and delicious, and made only with 3 ingredients! No added sugar. I posted the recipe on Instagram stories as I was making it along. It was fun. Also doing Instagram Live was so kinda fun last week.
For breakfast, Alex made eggs with greens, half Silver Hills bagel with butter on a side.
Coffee with local milk from my organic food haul. I have read this book and it is FANTASTIC. A woman in mid forties with 2 grown up daughters gets pregnant from a man who is 10 years younger, and her husband has had a vasectomy. It is a great story of love, patience, forgiveness and simply life. I couldn’t wait to find out where she ends up.
For lunch, I had leftover Mexican rice.
I was snacking on these crackers from Costco. Alex loves them and they are hard to resist.
Green smoothie. I also had apples and bananas for snacks in between during the weekend.
A glass of wine in the afternoon before going out. I lately find myself enjoying a glass of wine around 5PM rather than after dinner on the weekend. 2 main reasons:
- My 10 year old’s hormones and 6 year old’s tantrums are getting harder to handle for me, I’m running out of patience. It just doesn’t get easier. This winter is driving everyone nuts.
- I don’t sleep well after wine, even after 2 glasses. It has to do with tannins, I guess. So I find, if I have a glass not a few hours before bedtime but earlier, I sleep better. Alex feels the same, actually, and he barely drinks. We just watch The Good Wife now all nights long LOL.
Overall, I have been struggling with sleep the past month like never before. And overall I don’t feel the greatest. I think it is a combination of winter blues (the main reason) and maybe our mattress – every morning I wake up feeling beaten up. Alex says we need a new mattress but it’s only 5 years old. But I suspect it just wasn’t a great mattress from the start because Alex has been complaining about it forever. The springs seems to be hurting our bodies and it is just too soft.
Can you recommend a good firm mattress, like in nice hotels?
I turned around the mattress and decided to cut back on coffee and wine to see if my sleep improves. I decided to cut back coffee for now like before and drink wine maybe once a week. I just can’t stand this time of the year and feel like I’m so bored and keep drinking coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon. I just can’t stand this snow and cold. Ugh. We are almost done and I need to remember to go away in February for a month next year.
We went out with friends for Chinese to celebrate the Valentine’s Day. Last time I ate Chinese was 12 years ago. I had a bit of noodles, Kung Pao chicken and ginger beef. I had a second smaller serving with a bit of white rice and more ginger beef, which was my favourite. It was good Chinese food but next time I would order something less saucy like ginger beef. I kept “fishing” it from the sauce. I wasn’t crazy about the amount of peanuts in the chicken. It was a nice break from cooking dinner and eating something different. We drank water and then maybe a 3 oz of wine after at home which I barely finished.
Late breakfast of grass-fed plain yogurt with frozen cherries, a slice of Manna bread with butter. 3 items from my recent organic store shopping.
For lunch/snack a protein bar from recent healthy Costco shopping.
We went for a walk on Fraser river which was gorgeous! I can’t wait for warm sun.
Nuts for another snack in the car.
We had dinner at our friends’ housewarming party. These were a few plates I had. I had more sushi and cheese. It was all great and delicious. A bottle of beer and maybe a glass of wine. That’s it. We were going skiing next day so we left early to go to bed and didn’t overeat or over drink.
I wish you a great week full of hope for spring that is just around the corner.:) We are almost there.