Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Nice Friday

I had a more-active-than-usual Friday, and it was nice. First, I took a shower, got dressed, and went to do some much needed grocery shopping. I've decided I need to lose some weight, so I tried - successfully, I think - to limit what I bought. I bought some frozen dinners simply because it helps me keep my portions small. I also bought some other items that will stop hunger pangs without filling me up and fattening me up. The only thing I bought that didn't stick with the new D-I-E-T was the ingredients to make Patty Melts (minus the onions). But when I make them, I'll only make one at a time! Normally I'd probably make two, at least, and eat both in one sitting.

I also bought some much-needed athletic shoes. "No shoes" was one of my excuses for not using my treadmill. Now I just have to get in the bedroom where the treadmill is collecting dust (and cat hair) and get it situated in a position where I can actually use it.

Another thing I bought was a Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender with Travel Lid. I've been having smoothies for breakfast but not long ago the rubber seal on my regular blender broke and now the blender leaks. I didn't want to get a whole new blender so I decided to give the Single-Serve a try. It's okay. It really is single-serve. It will only safely hold about 16 ounces of liquid. Maybe a tad more. And it comes with a "travel lid" so you can drink the smoothie (or whatever) right out of the same container you use to mix it. If you do, you have the whole blade mechanism with you and your smoothie. They don't separate. Not even for cleaning. That's okay. I don't drink from the container. I pour my smoothie into a glass. Then clean up is easy. I just rinse the blender container and lid thoroughly with hot water. Maybe add a little dish soap. Rinse and let drip dry. It did seem to have trouble "blending" the frozen strawberries, but I haven't found any pieces in the smoothie, yet.

By the way, I have started adding "Benefiber" to my smoothies. I can always use a little more fiber in my diet!

After I got home from grocery shopping, I called a friend and we, eventually, went out for lunch. She had seen an ad for a new Chinese restaurant in Waco, so off we went in her new car. (It's a Chevy HHR.) We found the restaurant (A1 Chinese Restaurant and Grill) and had a nice lunch. The food was very good and very plentiful. I wished I was hungrier. (I know. I said I was planning to eat less, but this was a special occasion.)

I got to drive the new car on the way back. Very nice. We stopped at a convenience store and played the lotto using the numbers from our fortune cookies. (May God forgive me.) We'll see just how fortunate those cookies were!

After I got home I didn't feel like doing anything special, especially since my belly was full, so I just checked my e-mail and then watched a little TV. Finally I went to bed early. And that was my Friday. It was nice. I hope I can do that sort of thing (get out) a little more often. And if I eat that much once every month or so, well, so what?!! I'll walk it off!

(Just finished the smoothie. No frozen strawberry chunks.)

Now it's Saturday morning and I'm actually out of bed! It seems that, when I go to bed early, I wake up early - real early - 4:30 a.m. - and can get out of bed. Not like when I go to bed late. For some reason, if I stay up late and go to bed late, I want to sleep forever. Maybe I'll start doing the Benjamin Franklin thing* on a regular basis. See what happens.

I need to do some work on my deck. I have a tree growing in the middle of my deck and it gets so big that I need to enlarge the hole around it. I dreamed last night that I was doing that and the whole tree fell over. Some would suggest cutting the tree down, but it shades my whole house. In central Texas in the summer, this is a blessing and a necessity! So I'll continue to enlarge the hole around the tree.

Going to go now and get productive.

*Early to bed, early to rise.... You know the rest.

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