Dinner: I completely forgot to take a picture of my Friday night dinner, you will have to use your imagination. I attempted a yellow curry in a slow cooker with venison. It was delicious but somehow didn’t turn out yellow at all like in Thai restaurants. Thai Kitchen’s yellow curry paste didn’t even look yellow from the start. I think I need to use authentic Thai paste. Any ideas, guys? We served curry with jasmine brown rice and steamed frozen vegetables. And 2 glasses of wine.
Breakfast: steel cut oatmeal with frozen blueberries, grass-fed yogurt with fresh orange, black tea.
Going back to our conversation re: compromise and healthy eating kids, here is an example of lunch I made for boys because they do not like sweet potato – Annie’s mac and cheese, pepper, baby carrots and Kalamata olives. BUT here is an interesting fact – after this plate, Kyle asked for a full plate of yum fries. I was like “I thought you didn’t like them?”, he says “I guess with ketchup they are fine”. So, this is proof that “keep offering” WORKS!
Snack: apple slices (going bad apple saved half way) with almond butter, Bosc pear (tasteless this time) and a lollipop from my organic food haul.
Dinner: rotisserie chicken, tomatoes, cucumber and 3 slices of multigrain baguette. I grabbed more chicken afterwards and also came to a conclusion that I should stop this BS with low carb dinners sometimes – I need my carbs, just a bit, otherwise I will be hungry in an hour. This is an explanation for missing bread on a plate I ate later anyways haha. No wine.
Breakfast: spelt buttermilk pancakes and eggs. I decided to make pancake Sunday for everyone because I think it is cool, although I was super tired from cooking and laundry.
Snack #1: Vega Sport chocolate protein powder before heading out shopping.
Snack #2: Granny Smith apple.
Lunch: started with a glass of chilled Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc. I love this white wine! I debated because I never drink at lunch but I am glad I went for it.
Sunday was a dream day! I was tired and was gonna read on a couch
cook, do laundry and clean in between, but Katie talked me into driving to Vancouver and have fun. I’m so glad she did and that she drove. We started with lunch at Granville Island at Sandbar and this view. It was gorgeous +10C day on a patio. It was dreamy! In 9 years living in Vancouver, I have never been to a fancy lunch with a girlfriend, can you believe it? Nobody whining or interrupting – it was life changing. Of course, I had to celebrate with wine. This showed me how crazy my life has been with kids – no babysitters means no social life.
But things are turning for me and I’m super excited about “growing up” (getting older kids and me). From now on – shopping in Vancouver is our new monthly tradition with once a year girls weekend getaway. Screw chores, I’m gonna start living my life now that I am older, have more money and finally a great companion – friend!!! Because we moved so much, because I had kids early (by North American standards) and because I went through some bad friendships due to cultural differences and drama personalities (which frankly scared me away to get close with people for a long time), I have had a hard time finding close friends of my age. Everyone around me was either much older, lived too far or not with an open mind (not everyone can be friends with immigrants – trust me lol) . I finally feel like I have met so many great women with similar interests, at the same stage of life, in the last year.
We had a blast sitting and laying down on many couches and chairs.
My lunch meal was a harvest salad with cedar plank grilled salmon. Delicious!!!!!!!!!
Treat: decaf Americano misto. I quit drinking coffee on a daily basis 3 weeks ago again (just like last year). This time, besides anxiety, coffee started giving me an insane heartburn. Why there is always something?! Why life can’t be simple?! Damn it!
Snack: 1/2 Simply Protein bar from our recent Costco grocery shopping, we split it with Katie.
Shopping is hard work OMG. I got home and had a few glasses of wine – at last I missed Saturday, I had to catch up LOL. I was SO tired. I am just tired and need a vacation ASAP. All I bought was a wooden honey stick for $2 but I had a blast.
Dinner: leftover rotisserie chicken with tomatoes, a slice of multigrain bread.
Treat: Dark chocolate, quite a few pieces.
And this Monday morning we woke up to this (not to mention dirty kitchen and floors after I wasn’t even home). AGAIN. OMG. Seriously, even kids are whaling “no more snow!”. I can’t see it anymore. After yesterday’s +10C, now this? I already washed all our winter gear because I want to come back to spring in April. I drank vitamin D straight from the bottle. I swear, if I could erase this week from my life – I would. We have to go to Kelowna for a hockey tournament, which means a 4 hour drive through the mountains and 3 days in way colder than Vancouver Kelowna, with WAY more snow. OMG, kill me now. And all 3 days we have to be up at 5-7AM because that is when hockey tournament games start. Plus, our mattress needs to be changed ASAP – I wake up every morning feeling beaten up with a baseball bat. I gave up and am moving in with kids for now. Plus, it is also my period week and those have been a hormonal and abdomen mess for me lately. And this is not it. We have to get a second shot of hepatitis vaccine which made me feel ill for a day last week (I’m too chicken to risk travelling to a 3rd world country without the vaccine). One day at a time.
However, see, where it says Tuesday? That is where I’m gonna be next Tuesday for a MONTH. OMG, wake me up on March 7th someone, please?! Finally, F$%^ YOU, SNOW!!!
I AM ALL EARS FOR A NEW MATTRESS RECOMMENDATION.