I'm hesitant to write this because a few weeks ago, if someone told me that they got rid of 80 percent of their personal belongings, I would have thought that was extreme and maybe even, a little nuts.
But now, that's just where I'm headed, and I could not be happier. I started Thursday at 50 percent and ended the night at 60 percent of my own belongings, gone. I feel light, free and happy. Beyond thrilled. Truly.
But enough about me, I want to hear from you. Friday Question: Have you ever done a major purge? How did you feel?
If you've never done a purge, would you and if so, what percentage of your stuff would you be comfortable ditching and/or donating?
I'm two weeks into getting stuff out of the house. With the clutter gone, I feel happy and light. And I'm free to jump into new adventures.
There are bakes to write, pictures to shoot and videos to film. Which is not maintainable in our current state of clothes we don't wear, piled papers, extra fabric and zero space to house a photographer's box.
Yesterday, I donated several good boxes of stuff to the local second hand store. Proceeds go to the pound and vet hospital. Both places keep their prices low. And our personal choice is always go with a pound puppy over a pedigreed, any day of the week.
Anyway .... most stuff was easy to donate, but when it came to donating gifts that were given to me, I felt a little bad. But we just don't have the room. More so, I don't want to extra stuff. Once I dropped everything off, those feelings of guilt vanished. Whoosh. Gone. I felt light and happy.
Today, I finished sorting the fabric and I'm happy to report that I'm down to a few boxes of prints that I love. No more of this, keep the fabric just in case business.
No more I say, no more.
Friday Question: Is it easy for you to ditch and donate? Do you ever feel bad about giving away a gift that someone gave you? Or, do you ever hold onto an item for that fan favorite reason of, just in case? Or, or, or, the other classic, because said item reminds you of a memory or person?
The goal was to make these last night and tell you what I thought. But I was out longer than planned and when I got home, I plumb forgot. Instead, we each had a BIG bowl of steamed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. Then I made a wholemeal spelt flatbread thingy. It was yummy.
I've never eaten these before. Gonna try them tonight. Pretty excited because I love trying new foods. Tell us what these are and win a broken rubber band and a pickle. Those allergic to pickles may swap out for a tub of toe-jam.
We went to see Captain America but my allergy to corn (just smelling it), continues. Albeit, the rash this year was not as bad as last year during Avengers. However, the next day was horrible. I'll omit the details and just say it sucked wet monkey balls.
On the bright side, here's a tip. Don't want anyone to sit next to you. Then wearing blue plastic gloves, and over-sized sweatshirt/hoodie, noise canceling headphones and a mask around the mouth and nose should do the trick. Nobody wanted to sit next to us and it was great!
Anyway, it's Monday and I'm rested and ready to rumble. Suck on that, corn! The goal this week is to continue downsizing the kitchen/lab and office. More about that another time. See you in four days, when I'll play catch-up on your blog posts.
I'm rootin' tootin' excited. If I sound obnoxious, it's because I jogged a half marathon this past Friday. Actually, 13.44 miles because I love fours. The best part about jogging is when I do it, I don't know that I'm sick.
It's really that simple.
What I was sure of though, was that I would complete my first half marathon because I went into it with the mindset of walk/jog. BUT, what I didn't know, was that I'd jog practically the entire distance. That, surprised me.
Sleep was on and off last night. And now, it's a little after seven and we have the heat blasting. What the flip, Spring? Where did you go? I miss you.
Anyway, I've got Frankenberry's breakfast started and then he'll head to work and I'll tackle a few house projects that I've been unhappily ignoring. Maybe if I wear these boots, it'll give me the boost I need to get this crap done. And in other, other news, today is five years since we adopted Wiggy.
Did you ever have one of those days where the iPod is playing every single song that you love? That's the kind of day I'm having. Now let's get to Friday's Question. Winners receive a pair of sweaty ear buds and three pieces of used tape.
Yesterday's banana crumble cake didn't work in terms of texture because the topping tasted like eating crumbled cardboard feet.
Today's chicken turned my lips and face puffy and swollen (but no breathing problems). This recent reaction to chicken has happened enough times now that I'll give it a rest for awhile.
Now onto better news. Medjool dates, mushrooms, peanut butter, avocados and cashews have been back on the menu for months with NO ISSUES. Thank goodness, because to me, those are some of the yummiest things, ever.
Note to future self: Don't start eating the treats until all videos and pictures are complete and, when shooting said videos and pictures, make sure there's no dog hair present. Also, try and not shoot upside down.
It's another snow storm day here in the land of Spring. But you know what? It's Saturday afternoon, I'm still in my jams, just ate a yummy lunch and I don't have to be, anywhere.
For the last two weeks I've been on a jog/walk 5k every other day, schedule (and I love it). It wasn't long ago when chronic pain made walking to the bathroom by myself difficult and at times, impossible. Imagine my excitement when during today's 5k, I will complete 2 miles of steady slow and low jogging.
I'm having a pile of home-baked spicy garbanzo beans and a mound of rice called, Black Japonica. Don't know much about it, other than it's from Lundberg and was within my budget. Also in the oven are baby button mushrooms that I'll cover in garlic and paprika gravy.
Oh my gosh, my belly is gonna be so happy.
What are you having? Or had? Or will have? Really, whatever you're eating, I'm interested to hear about it.
This week is all about my office/lab/kitchen work space. Setting up a permanent food photo area, switching cupboards around, hunting for a NOT expensive fan oven, and donating anything I no longer bake with. I'm happy to report that I am very nearly almost all the way, cannot believe it, done.
But enough about that, it's time for another Friday question. Tell us what these are and if you eat them. Winners receive a set of used earplugs and four unused rolls of crapper paper.
Happy weekend and boogie boogie.
Answer posted in a few days, at the end of comments.
Today I turned on the camera and shot video. Basically me yapping about food. Like there's not enough food in my life, I should feel the need to do videos. But I do, so there you go. That said, my face was blurry, couldn't hear me (too well), and I forgot lots and lots of words. But that's okay, it's a step forward.
I'll happily take it.
As for today's labs, waffles in the morning and as type this blog, bakes a first draft of a banana oat cake. Smells good, but I won't know until she cools down.
Either way, this concludes my lab work for the afternoon, as well as this post. Thanks for reading and as usual, I'll catch your blogs on the weekend.
I just pulled another lab from the oven. Banana Oat Bars (draft one). I love developing formulas. And soon enough, I'll be sharing them on my new website.
But not today.
Today, it's sunny, bright and oh by golly, another spring day. Below is how far I've gotten on the bed. I can only do a wee bit each day but I'll take it because this time last year, I was too weak. This year, I'm making up for lost time.
The answer to Friday's Question: Creamer in Tim's coffee. Dehydrated ants to EVERYONE who commented.
Today, I'm all about waffles. I wrote a first draft for a bean and seed waffle mix, it's cooking as I type. More on that another time. As for yesterday, that was extra special because I got to start my garden AND eat homemade Lemon & Banana Frozen Yum, outside!
That's about all from me. I'll be around on the weekend to read your blogs. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SPRING! Or AUTUMN, for my fall friends.
It's about the end of the weekend for us, but still too early to close the lids on our coffins. But it's nearly closing time at Barnes and that means, home to toss a bird into the oven with a side of baby potatoes and mixed greens.
What are you eating? Something yummy, I hope.
As for Friday's Question, a round of zombie heads for all who played. The answers were: walnut, raisin, cacao and homemade psyllium powder.
I'm done prepping ingredients for my next lab and before I toss them together to make the most yummy cookie in the history of ever, I snapped a few shots. Tell us what these are and win a decapitated zombie head and a broken roller skate.
Hello Lovelies. It's been 28 days and I'm here to say that I'm alive and well, working lots of long, fun hours on my new projects. But the one thing I haven't touched yet, is building my new site, which I thought might be done by now but nope, not even close.
But enough about me. What's the last yummy thing you ate? Do tell. Do tell. Meanwhile, I'll catch y'all in another month, or by the very latest, spring.
This is my last post for awhile but before I vanish, I wanted to say thanks for the laughs, the fun, your time and for always telling me what you're eating. I love my blog. But now, I have to bow out for a bit so that I can focus on a few projects that are bubbling in my brain.
And with that, I wish you Boogerbutts and Buttfaces a healthy 2016. Cheers with the biggest side of boogie boogie, in the history of ever. Over and out.