Monday, May 12, 2014

The Weekly Schedule Destined to Destroy My Life

Hi Blog!  I tried to stick to that morning routine, I really did. But I didn't.  It's OK. It's good to try new things.

I'm really wiped out today. But I have an exciting week ahead of me.  It's Relay for Life week!  

And also some other things!!!

Monday - 
I advertised for a walking buddy last week in a Facebook group.  7 people responded so I created my own walking group to meet 2x a week for very long walks. Today is the first day!

Tuesday -
When you are married to someone with a mental illness it can lead to severe problems in the marriage. I'm really lucky that my marriage does not have severe problems in that we like to be together most days. However, we do have mental illness trying to nip at us once in a while. In my marriage, both of us have depression. I have bipolar depression, his is unipolar. It's been really really hard because I'll have an attack, then he'll have an attack, then I'll have one, then we'll have one at the same time ... etc. Our marriage is solid, it deserves proper maintenance and upkeep and we're starting therapy on Tuesday. Yay?  I'm really nervous and hope it goes well.

Wednesday - 
Weather permitting, our walking group meets for a second time!

Thursday - 
The Maryland Public Purchasing Association is honoring its support staff (which includes me! I'm a purchasing staffer!) at Hellas Restaurant. I love, love, love Hellas. I can't put into words how much I love Hellas. I'm excited to be invited to this event again.

Friday - 
Got tickets to see Demetri Martin. at the Lyric! We missed him the last time he was in Baltimore because I didn't know at the time that Greg was a fan.  It was only after he performed here I noticed Greg was religiously watching his DVDs he just got in the mail.

Saturday - 
My team is raising money for Relay for Life  which this year is located right where I live. In case you've never done it, it's a hoot.  There are booths that sell things and a track for walking.  At least one person from our team walks all night long from Saturday night to Sunday morning and in order to do that our team takes turns. There are also activities at the event.  Last year's event had Karaoke where I sung very very badly and that was my favorite thing.  This year's theme is superheroes!

(Last year's theme was we had no time set up because they changed our location at the last minute because of a bomb scare.)

Sunday -  
Sunday morning we wrap up Relay for Life, go home, and pretty much collapse. 

Here is this week's exercise schedule.

Monday - Walking Group
Tuesday - Yoga
Wednesday - Walking Group
Thursday -  Yoga
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Relay for Life
Sunday - Rest, maybe some Yoga if I'm up to it.

And what's for dinner?

Monday - Sauteed mushrooms and chicken sausage with pasta.
Tuesday - Quesadillas with chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese 
Wednesday - Grilled chicken salad on romaine
Thursday -  Grilled Tilapia and sweet potato
Friday - Pizza at Two Boots if we want to stay downtown or pizza at home if Greg is tired.
Saturday - Relay for Life food
Sunday - Tuna sandwiches. 

What's for backup dinner? Well, these recipes might fit the bill.  

My big household chore goals this week are to get the carpets and floors as clean as I can get them.  We'll see. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cuckoo Bananas

Last year I was all about the grapes, but I want to tell that person that she's an idiot.  

Because bananas?  They do go with everything. 

Bananas go with peanut butter and jelly.

And chocolate.

Bananas taste good fried up.

I like chopping them onto hot dishes like egg omelettes or steak and mushrooms and watch them get a little mushy.

I would never have guessed bananas go good in stir fry. No, not just plantains. Bananas.

If you have no time for a meal, have a banana.  Eat them with the stem down like a monkey, So gooooood. 

Freeze it and make it ice cream and be all

Glitter Words

Because life is not worth living if you can't pin it to your board, right ladies?

I'm pinning this shit to my board right now.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why I may never make it to work on time again!

According to this website I've been waking up wrong for almost 32 years.

I know! It's amazing I've survived all this time!

Here is proof that I'm still alive despite not living correctly. And while taking fuzzy cell phone photos:

Here is how I, along with most of the world, have been waking up most days.

Some time between 5am-12pm
Open eyes. Roll over like, "Noooooooo." :-(
Five minutes later
Cat jumps up and meows excitedly in my face, which means she's out of water, food, or there's a bird that's sassing her outside, or she just wants to remind me that she's a cat and she's happy about it. As Allie Brosh would say, "Yay!!!!! I'm a cat! I'm a motherfucking cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!" 
Cat jumps up on my bladder and starts kneading and I have to debate if the cat is cuter than my need to pee immediately.
Preferably inside toilet.
Sit on toilet 
Half asleep for 20 minutes or so. Or drink coffee, probably, like most of America does. I don't because I hate coffee.
Preferably inside shower.
Feed/water cat 
after cat climbs in shower, gets wet, and starts running all over the house, mostly in front of every step you try to take in an effort to knock you over.
get dressed as time dwindles down to get to work at a reasonable hour. Cat crashes into me meowing for attention and snuggles.
Leave house 
with either pizza in my mouth, eggs in my belly, or yogurt in the fridge at work a few hours from now when I get a minute.

As it is with this schedule I rarely get to work on time. If I continue this crazy lifestyle I'm apparently going to spontaneously combust and as we all know renters insurance does not cover that.  Lame.  I have decided that I can make some small changes to my schedule based on that Jezebel article and perhaps I'll live to see tomorrow. 

My new morning schedule might look something like this:

wake up and read the following affirmations I found from an article and made a little graphic from while my cat walks all over my bladder:

After doing various bathroom things, make and eat a nice pinteresting breakfast while drinking a tall glass of warm lemon water. I find it only takes about 15 minutes to make breakfast and 15 minutes to eat it. 

Stretch. And stretch some more. 
Walk 15 minutes in one direction and then return home. SO COMPLICATED GUYS!
Take a shower, put on sunscreen and lotion, and go to work naked. You didn't think I'd wear pants, did you?!?!

So perhaps I was wrong, in that I have plenty of time to get out of bed and get to work on time while taking reasonable care of myself. I even have time to sneak in making lunch and snacks to take with me if I want to. I basically have no excuse to leave the house with dirty hair and holding pizza in my mouth as I drive.

Because who needs one?!?!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Big Fella Phil's Banana Chocolate Protein Bars From The Game On Diet

So last year I was reading this book.

I liked many parts of it, including kicking other people's butt.  Who doesn't love to win at something, right?

I did not love that nobody local wanted to play with me. I also did not love that if you wanted to do your own diet you basically couldn't. That was the main reason nobody wanted to play with me.

I played with some people online.  I got really strong and healthy and I loved it. I was eating so many vegetables and drinking so much water. 

Then my mental illness tapped me on the shoulder and I fell on my ass.

Anyway, I always wanted to try this recipe.  While I'm not ready to compete again, I want to see if these taste good or if they're chocolate cardboard.  We shall see. I shall post again to update you on my findings!

This is directly from the book, but I was able to find it from this blog as well.  No, I don't know what Udo's oil is. Please don't hurt me!

Big Fella Phil's Banana Chocolate Protein Bars
Makes 8 Servings

Olive Oil Cooking Spray
1 cup Oatmeal
5 Scoops ( 1 ounce each) Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 Cup nonfat Dry Milk Powder
2 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup Fat-Free Cottage Cheese
2 Bananas Mashed
4 Tablespoons Water
2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
1 1/2 teaspoon Udo's Oil
Dash of Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Raw, Crushed Almonds

Preheat oven to 325 Degrees and spray a 9 x 12 inch casserole with the cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine the oatmeal, chocolate protein powder, and milk powder. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites, then add the cottage cheese, bananas, water, Agave Nectar, oil and vanilla extract until blended. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the pan, sprinkle the almonds on top, and bake for 30 minutes or until edges are browned. To serve cut into 2x3 inch bars!