Monday, December 27, 2010

Eggnog

I was going to attempt eggnog for the first time, but I wanted just the right texture and taste. Not too thick (like drinking whipping cream) and not too egg-y. So I set to reading the back of cartons at the store, as well as several recipes, trying to decide what to put in the stuff; whether to cook or not to cook, to whip or not, and yes even to add eggs or not. I almost gave in and bought the carton because "I want it NOW", but remembered the taste not being just what I was looking for. Besides it being so easy to make, I would be drinking high-fructose corn syrup if I got store-bought! I am glad I made it from scratch. WAY better. So I thought I would share this recipe. Not too sweet, nor too thick, and just right on the alcohol. ;)

2 egg yolks (save whites for later)
pinch salt
2 c. milk
(A Tablespoon of agave syrup can be added here if you prefer it sweet, but I omitted all sugar and sweetner because the Frangelico to come sweetens it delightfully.)

Bring double boiler to a simmer. Whisk yolks in a small sauce pan, add milk, and cook (continually whisking) over double boiler until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. About 5-10 mins. Chill mixture for at least 30 mins in fridge.

2 egg whites
1/2 c. whipping cream
2T-1/4 c. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
2T-1/4 c. Rum

Meanwhile beat the remaining 2 egg whites on high of an electric mixture until stiff peaks form. Also whip cream until soft peaks form. Combine whipped egg whites, cream, and chilled egg yolk mixtures and mix, add alcohols to taste.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Wine of Astonishment: Psalm 60

There have been several good sermons but I have not yet sat down to share one with you. But today I was writing like mad trying to keep up with DW's original thinking. He was applying the time of Israel when David took over kingship to our current madhouse of a nation. In Psalm 60 God had cast Israel away. She was loathsome to Him. When David came to throne it was a sign of mercy. Things were so bad they were rocking on a precipice. Threats were in every direction, but the problem was not Edom or Philistia. The real problem was that God had cast them off. A couple of my own thoughts... We, as a nation, elected Obama as our nation's ruler. We begged for a King, a Saviour to some. But as Christians we are not given more than we can handle. And we need to recognize that the problem is not Obama or any other wicked man, the problem is our relationship with God or lack thereof. Now back to my notes...
"God, who formerly had abandoned Israel, is asked to return to them, and what men cannot do, God most certainly can. Through God we will do valiantly---and that is the only way we will do valiantly." See verses 10-12.
David inherited a royal mess. Understanding the politics and the culture, David conducts an honest inventory of Israel asking God to come back and give true restoration. David is able to end the Psalm in triumph because he knows God's promises. God has promised salvation for this world and that His Spirit will fill it. He knows God's promises and is triumphant in them.
Israel was at a point where no one would have known who they were but a handful of archeologists. First we must have honesty about the sin, secondly about your Saviour. Look at God's Law and our behaviour and see why God is displeased. Salvation must be declared. The Saviour's name must be honoured. You cannot run around shouting about how the Philistines oppress and then when saved whisper under your breath that God saved you. You thank God out loud! You honour Him!
"If God has declared that something will come to pass, then he is no fool who counts on it coming to pass, and who labours toward that end." God has picked up the promise of Canaan and expanded it. It's not a question of whether it happens, but a question of when. The world is going to be full of the sons of Abraham.
Vain is the help of man, but at the same time "through God we shall do valiantly."
"A strong confidence in the ultimate and complete authority of God does not lead to a passive quietism." There is no salvation, no help in Christless anything, i.e. the tea party, conservatism, etc. These may be good common sense things but don't think that common sense can save you. Nothing can be sustained apart from Christ. Is He the Lord of our abortion policies, finances, immigration laws, social security policies? Then act like it. This is not a 50/50 relationship, nor is it 90/10. God does 100% and we do 100%. You are not a hand puppet. If we are wanting God to do it all we are misunderstanding the soveriegnty of God. Apart from faith and His encouragement we would not be doing any of this. God is at work in us. Christ is being formed in us. So take notice of what you are shaping into.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Words from "Emma" that I have never used in conversation but need to:

Éclat: very great success that everyone knows about

Plaintive: expressing sadness or sounding sad

Cavil: a trivial and unreasonable objection

Augur: predict

Commendation: praise of somebody's abilities

Penury: extreme poverty

Appealation: an emotional appeal for forgiveness

Aspersion: slanderous remark

Direful: warning of a future disaster or serious consequences

Dissipations: overindulgence

Connivance: secret joint conspiracy or plotting

Dilatory: tending to waste time or move slowly

Inquietudes: restlessness

Captious: overly critical/entrapping an opponent

Mortification: something that causes a feeling of deep shame and humiliation

Solicitude: concern and consideration shown for somebody or something

Alloy: to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate.

Divested: to take away something, especially status or power, from somebody or something

Ostensible: presented as being true, or appearing to be true, but usually hiding a different motive or meaning

Evinced: to show a feeling or a quality clearly

Approbation: a favorable opinion about something or somebody

Sagacity: profound knowledge and understanding, coupled with foresight and good judgment

Vouchsafe: to promise, give, or allow something

Rencontre: a casual or hostile meeting

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Emma Quotes

"The first error and the worst lay at her door. It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing two people together." (16,126) I wish more people realized this.

"Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of." (22, 165)

"But upon my honour, there seem no limits to the licentiousness of that woman's tongue!" (33,261)

"Mrs. Elton, as elegant as lace and pearls could make her, he looked at in silence..." (33,269)

"That a man who might have spent his evening quietly at home after a day of business in London, should set off again, and walk half a mile to another man's house, for the sake of being in mixed company till bed-time, of finishing his day in the efforts of civility and noise of numbers, was a circumstance to strike him deeply." (35, 297)

"General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. --She could fancy such a man." (38,294)

"And it would be safer for both, to have the judicious law of her own brain laid down with speed." (40,314)


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mexican coffee

I better write this down before I forget! This was sooo good this morning:

1 cinnamon stick
3/4-1 c. half-n-half
1/4-1/3c. raw cane sugar (I've been trying to use that more lately instead of the refined white stuff, look at what Moscow is doing to me.)
1/2c. finely chopped dark chocolate
1 T finely grated fresh orange peel

5 cups (aw, make it 6) hot black coffee

I admit this was a bit of a process, but here goes in case you're feeling gourmet some morning. Place cinnamon and 1/2&1/2 in covered saucepan on low (this can also be accomplished via microwave). Meanwhile chop, grate, and combine next three ingredients in blender. Ad interim brew or press coffee, whatever it takes to get it good, strong, and hot. Blend mixture that is in blender until finely ground and thoroughly mixed. Add coffee, and as you firmly press down on the lid of the blender, mix again (this is where it tried to break free), until rather frothy, then add cream and mix again. Can add back to saucepan to get good and hot. Yummy! This is the best coffee I've had in a long time. Pour into three 12 oz. cups or four regular size.

Books read in August '10

Not Ashamed of the Gospel ~Earl Cripe (still reading)
Jane Austen ~Peter Leithart
Dandelion Fire and Chestnut King ~N.D. Wilson
Code of the Woosters ~ P.G. Wodehouse
I Was Told There'd Be Cake essays by Sloane Crosley
and now we're reading J.A.'s Emma
Oh what fun it is to have time to read! Lovin' it!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A little creative humor for the day provided by Sloane Crosley

I just got done reading a superficially entertaining book entitled "I was told there'd be cake" essays by Sloane Crosley. I liked her creative way of describing situations, and the way she says what sometimes rolls through my mind unable to get out. So here is a few examples of her writings and will leave you with no need to pick up the book and read the whole thing as I have just done. I like the way she writes, not always what she writes about.

I was taught that candles were like house cats-- domesticated versions of something wild and dangerous. There's no way to know how much of that killer instinct lurks in the darkness. I used to think the house-burning paranoia was the result of some upper-middle-class fear regarding the potential destruction of a half-million-dollar Westchester house the size of a matchbox. Then I realized the fear stemmed from something far less complex: we're not used to fire. Candles are a staple of Judaic existence, like many suburban residents before us, we're pretty bad Jews. (Riverhead books, 2008, p. 11)
Some people do yoga in the morning; Ursala gave looks so stern I believe she burned calories creating them. When had I become no better than a haughty vegan Anglophile? It was all so unfair; I had never even read David Foster Wallace. I was a good egg, but I guess you can't make a omelet without breaking a few. (p.36)
In order to get married these days, God isn't witness enough. You have to have someone present who helped find your retainer after a sleepover. Although some overlap is permitted, the women you see each week are almost never the same set of women lined up behind you at the alter. Your current friends are wildcards and while they may be invited, they are not to be tortured with envelope licking. Marriage is about the permanence of one's future and it can't proceed without a well-earned past of trick-or-treating and bloody ten-speed accidents. (147,48)
The setting for this next one is a pre-wedding get-together-- where she had been guilted into the wedding party by someone she hadn't spoken to in high school-- and before matrimony they had decided to change their last names to Universe in order to be Mr. and Mrs. Universe.
I laughed very hard. Wine shot up into my nose, which I decided was God's way of telling me it was time to switch to hard alcohol. It quickly became apparent that I was alone in my amusement when all the women stopped chattering and looked at me like bunny rabbits. (163)
I know I've found myself in similar situations at some of these all girl get-togethers.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quotes from Emma:

Jane Austen says of Mr. Elton, "His gallantry was always on the alert." (Ch. 6, p 43)

Emma persuading Harriet ~better taken out of context than in~ "If she can hesitate as to 'Yes,' she ought to say 'No' directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart." (7, 74) There are truth to her words.

"Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief." ~The Sensible One~ Knightley (8,58)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

saintly quote of the day

"Just as, therefore, it would be the height of folly for a simple person to assert that what a philosopher proposes is false on the ground that he himself cannot understand it, so (and even more so) it is the acme of stupidity for a man to suspect as false what is divinely revealed through the ministry of the angels simply because it cannot be investigated by reason" (St. Thomas, Summa Contra Gentiles, 1.3.4).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Here's a little sauce I just whipped up from what was on hand. Drew and I have been "cooking out of the cabinet," so whatever happens to be in the fridge/freezer/cabinet is what's for dinner. I'll buy a few things a week to make things go together, but anywho... to top the frozen chicken we have, I made this from condiments likely to be in everyone's fridge.

1/2 c. ketchup
1-2 t. liquid smoke
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1T crushed garlic
1/3 c. Louisiana hot sauce
Whisk it up, pour over chicken, and slow simmer until cooked. I like to brown the chicken first to keep it somewhat crisp and juicy.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The greatest of these is Love.

Let me take this sombre moment of pensive eventide to address (briefly) a topic of which I'm sure I still know so little about. Marriage.
I believe many would look at me and say, "Young, inexperienced."I may be young and inexperienced. I may be dreamy and unrealistic. But to this I say "Pha!" True, years have not passed to ebb the romance. Need it? Is this complacency what we have to look forward to? Again I say, "Pha!"
Look at the ocean through your mind's eye. See it with the sun shining on it as it serenely meets the shore. Now see it dark and stormy, rough and intimidating, passionate. You look at it with a wary, uncertain eye. It is powerful and it is beautiful. But calm or rough it slowly softens the edges of the rock turning the jagged smooth. A process that takes years. Only God could create (I could stop right there) such a perfect system. It does not work the other way round. The lapping water cannot turn a smooth rock jagged.
Marriage is like this. We can either step into this vast ocean of uncertainty knowing that Christ is with us; or can remain in fear and on edge because we're not sure what might happen next. We can either enter marriage expecting never-ceasing sunshine; or we can be joyful in the seasons. My point is that we can choose to stay stagnant with our crags sticking in every direction; or we can be as God intended: bathed in the water and smoothed over the years. In order to do this we have to forgive the little things, don't let them build up; be a servant; remember love covers a multitude of sin. In marriage sin should be continuously leaving with the tide never to be heard of again. We cannot pile up resentment like stacks of paper just waiting for a good breeze to come along and make a mess.
Also there can be no condemnation in Christ. So,when we cast the blame instead of looking at our own crags that need baptizing we, in one sense, are casting the first stone... at someone else. If we continue running from the water, instead of looking to it to cleanse us, we will not wind up smooth and clean; we will stay rough and dirty. Dismissing sanctification only leads to embitterment as we cling to those sins we just couldn't wash away. So, I see we have two choices left to us. We can either continue watching the ocean, scared of the storm with our crags sticking in every direction, or we can step into the ocean, in faith, knowing that Christ walks beside us. Knowing that when the water smacks us in the head it's for our betterment and eternal beauty, slowly smoothing away our harsh edges. If we remain rough we remain rude and shapeless, leaving us unfinished.
It is sad to see those who bristle at inconvenience and cling to the sins of others' to feed their own resentment. I know I've done it; something comes along that I wasn't expecting. Plans or people pop up without having their name written on my calender first. That's not very fun, now is it? Relax in the water and let God's grace and your love cover a multitude of sins, 70x7.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

4 months... I've gone longer

E has inspired me to revisit my blog. To write about what, I do not know, but the blog has been feeling a bit neglected of late. We have had a past few busy months with moving, camping, running hither and thither with Drew for work, working myself, and blazzey blah. I am enjoying my clients when they call. I am enjoying friends when they call. And I am enjoying talking to my mother everyday when she calls, she is a blessing. I have been reading Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters lately to Drew. We're at the part where Bertie and Jeeves have entered Stiffy's room to look for the notebook when out pops Bartholemew. And when I get into something a bit deeper then I'll be sure and pass that along, but for now,
One doesn't want to make a song and dance about one's ancient lineage, of course, but after all the Woosters did come over with the Conquerer and were extremely pally with him: and a fat lot of good it is coming over with Conquerers, if you're simply going to wind up by being given the elbow by Aberdeen terriers.
Bertie goes on viewing this thing from all angles (well, as many as can be seen atop a dresser) pitying the highly-strung housemaid:
I can see her coming into the room to turn down the bed. I picture her as a rather fragile girl with big eyes and a timid expression. She crosses the threshold. She approaches the bed. And out leaps this man eating dog. One does not like to dwell upon the sequel.
Both are from chapter 8. Even though I have watched these stories played out there is that certain something that is Wodehouse that cannot be brought to screen, must be read for the self, if ya know what I mean. Well, toodle-pip, for now.

Monday, April 5, 2010

heavenly-minded

Quick note on Doug Wilson's last note of the Easter sermon yesterday. He struck me when he said, There is no such thing as being too Heavenly-minded to be no earthly good. If you are useless then you are not Heavenly-minded enough. Soft lives lead to soft hearts. It is a heart of death that hangs on to that entitlement attitude of "me first" selfishness. It is not possible to have new life and remain in death. Good words, thought I'd share them.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gerald Clayton and Purim

Yesterday Christa Blakey and I decided to check out some of the Jazz Fest that's going on 'round here so we went to a workshop featuring Gerald Clayton with Joe, and Justin. And I'm glad we did. Going in we both admitted our crudeness in the area of jazz, but would both like to understand it better, if not appreciate it. So this gave us a little something to sip on and decide if we want to take a drink. Check out his stats at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Clayton. Apparently I just got a chance to see a famous New York pianist without the palate to appreciate it, although still enjoyed it, and left wanting to know more.

In the evening we (being Glenn, Laurel, Tiffany, Ana, Yasha, Miysha, and of course myself and Drew) got together to celebrate Purim. Tiff and Nolan make merry with some of the Jewish feasts, and I'm glad Tiff was here for this one and wanted to share. We dressed up as ancient Hebrews, as much possible out of our modern American wardrobes, drank wine, ate fish tacos, played musical chairs. Then had hamantaschen (made to look like Haman's hat) while listening to Glenn read the book of Esther. It was a fun night with the family and now I've celebrated Purim!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Coffee Cupping

Yesterday the four of us went to this for Laurel's birthday, and we're all glad we did! The roaster of Landgrove Coffees was here in Lewiston at a coffee shop downtown called La Boheme. He was a bearded man of average height wearing a button-up flannel shirt and a Clint Kyles personality, personable, happy to answer questions, and very interesting to listen to. I think the wine makers we know, beer makers, and the coffee guys have more in common than I might have thought. The process of carefully tending the plant, vine, et al, until it has reached a certain readiness or ripeness; and then going thru the stages that it takes to have a good end product. Different beans from different countries are not the same color or size or the same flavor. How and where it is grown really effects the taste as well as what you do during the roasting stage.
We were served four different coffees at a time, one scoop of ground coffee each, mostly Ethiopians. We smelled it, we looked at, then John (the roaster) poured hot water over the grounds and we steeped the coffee. Next we looked at it and smelled it some more, broke the grounds up on the surface, and lastly slurped the coffee. We had to try to describe it by smelling it, then see what we might add to that description once the coffee was tasted. The first coffee was most memorable, I think, everybody went on about the smell, color, and taste of that one. It was a fresh-ground Ethiopian. The second was a stale version of the first coffee roasted in June. The grounds did not form a capon the top and nothing about that coffee was perky, but very flat. The third was a dry-roast Ethiopian which apparently is hard to get, seems like that's the one with hints of blueberries, very different but tasty. Also we tried a Brazilian, another Ethiopian, I believe, and then a blend of the two. Lastly, we tried an Indian coffee which apparently is not a popular flavor. I didn't think it was as bad as described. I feel more educated now in my coffees and more prepared for the NW!

Laurel's birthday dinner

Cilantro-Chipotle Rockfish
Tossed Salad with a yogurt garlic dressing
Asparagus tossed in butter and fresh ginger
Red bell peppers stuffed with dirty rice
Carrot and rutabaga soup
Honey-glazed broiled pineapple (this was a hit, we're having some more today)

Best of all it tasted delicious, was full of flavor, and was all on the Cleanse!

Last Day of the Cleanse!

We have made it to the last day...without too much cheating. Last weekend Drew and I ate Thai, not all included on this diet. The rest of the day I felt weird. I felt like I had eaten boiled sugar to begin with and my body was working hard to process it all. It tasted so sweet to me, although it could very well have been some other ingredients my body wasn't used to. My stomach wasn't upset or rejecting what I had eaten, but I could feel the blood pulsing to different parts of my body trying to use and store that sugar. I have learned you are what you eat. If you eat high fat or high cholesterol foods your body will show the signs of it. But what I found weird was it affected my mood. That was part of the feeling weird, I was in a weird mood. I did not like it and will probably never try that again. So last night going out with a friend I ordered the balsamic chicken salad and it treated me great.

Lesson learned, treat your body better. A Jew at the temple could not just offer any sacrifice, it had to be an an acceptable sacrifice with a pleasing aroma. Also it was not a sacrifice sprayed with MSG, chemicals, and boiled in sugar. And with this temple I do not want to just allow anything to enter it anymore. Drew and I are definitely seeing the need for more veggies and simpler/healthier eating in our daily meals, I hope this metamorphosis lasts. Another of my goals is to have a good foundation for a healthy pregnancy. I do not know when that might be, but I want to be healthy now in: what I eat, the minerals and vitamins that I take, and the exercise I plan on doing more of. All to build up my body, instead of fight for mediocre.

We did have a martini and some wine for Laurel's birthday Friday (menu to come), and wine with dinner last night, but we are proud of ourselves for making it so far and not cheating in any other areas (except for the occasional bite of chocolate the past few days ;)
I feel better!! Better than I did 3 weeks ago and better than I did 3 months ago. I don't feel heavy, tired, bloated, and since I feel better my mood has been better. I feel like my body is running smoothly and loving it! I get a lot of fiber, more protein than I usually eat, and way more vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals and more fiber (so u know what that helps ya do) to name a few benefits. I had a rough start, but I knew it would be worth, so I'm glad we stuck to it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 16: Almost there

Hard to believe we are almost done with our 21 day program. Drew and I are over our colds and I'm starting to feel great; which is really good because Fen is a stubborn little puppy requiring a lot of attention. Took him out this morning to go the bathroom and it was raining so he ran inside with wet feet, pooped in the front yard, then jumped and scratched at the front to because he wasn't let in. So before leaving this house we will be painting the front door, cleaning the doors as well as floors. Putting him outside didn't work, so I put him in the fence around back where he would just get rained on, so I put him on the gated side of the front porch which just gives him another door to scratch up. So we had to resort to the kennel where he just yapped and whined about his confinement. I'm wondering if this will last all day, like having a kid in some ways, but in others, not at all. Drew doesn't have much work today either so we are reading together and trying to decide what to do in this wet day. I'm ready for a steak and Drew wants a burrito. We are also missing our wine and cheese nights, but just a few more days and we are allowed again.

Last night was my first music/voice lesson. I'm doing it in a group of 8 other ladies with Allie Bradley as our teacher. She's a friend I had at NSA who has been musical her whole life and has been giving lessons for a while. I'm excited about learning, I think we'll all have fun together. I'm trying to think of how I'll practice. :)


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 11: "You can add protein today"

Actually we already did. Made blackened fish tacos last night using lettuce as wraps instead of tortillas. Ings. were the fish, cabbage salsa, reg. salsa, cilantro, avocado, homemade vinaigrette, yummy. I'd eat that anytime. We have a good ol' time waking up, deciding what to put into our morning shakes, downing a handful of pills, and discussing how we feel thus far. We freely discuss whether we've had our BM for the day and how we slept. (Doesn't that sound like fun?) We are almost done with our second out of the three week program, and I really don't mind this gig anymore. I feel good after a dinner of vegetables, instead of heavy and blah, asking myself "Why did I eat that?" I feel that I'm doing myself a favor. Not that we can maintain a vegetarian lifestyle, we do not wish that, but it is good to cleanse ourselves and get into the habit of eating more vegetables. I have a new-found respect for the greens, reds, and oranges. For lunch yesterday I made a vegetable marinade, put it on a bed of greens with oranges around that, it was not only delicious but very colorful. God made beautiful things for us to eat and I'm appreciating that more and more, I like that. I also like that I being made to come up with creative veg. dishes, expanding my tastes and thinking. Beets, broccoli, lentil sprouts, I now love sliced carrots for a sweet snack. I had a hankering for ice cream last night so I ate some frozen blueberries and a frozen strawberry slightly thawed, tasted like strawberry ice cream.

I'm pretty much over this cold, probably because Drew decided to try it out for a bit, ugh. Said he really didn't sleep last night. We really are enjoying this pup we got, he's cuddly and spirited, but not a yapper. Took Fenrir and Bella for a walk yesterday, the sun was so inviting. Tried teaching him to like the leash, walks are fun, and to come when called. He's proved himself rather smart and a fast learner. Now time for another walk.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Week 1: Complete! Yeah

Although this is my first go at it, I believe week 1 to be the hardest week of the Purification Program, and we have conquered it! I would not let it conquer me, and now I am getting used to taking the Cleanse pills, and have more energy, and am ready to incorporate Green Food into the plan. We also get to start eating animal proteins again, eggs, fish, meats... mmm. That we've missed (especially Drew). It's becoming more of a habit to eat this way, which has been really good for us. I'm learning to cook creative dishes using only vegetables and reading labels on sauces before using them, as well as cutting out the sugar. I feel this week to be better. My nose has quit running all the time, I'm getting regular adjustments, and eating all the veggies I can eat, and I plan on feeling great! I already have seen an increase in my energy today since I've been able to stomach all 21 pills for the day.

Tonight I chopped up a whole bunch of veggies such as: red and green peppers, gr. onion, broccoli, carrots, celery, and marinaded it in a lemon/olive oil, cayenne dressing I whipped up. Then sauted Brussels sprouts in butter with baked garlic, turned out pretty yummy, if I do say so myself.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 5: Cough, cough

Well today was a fun Friday. Besides being sick that is, got to rest most of the day and Drew got done with work early so we got to hang out AND he made lunch! He was so sweet to stay home and take care of me all day. Good to take care of his wife. Glenn said I shouldn't push the pills until I'm feeling better. Right now I'm feeling better than I have been, so I'm thinking about taking some before bed and sleeping on it. Glenn brought me some white daisies, jalapenos, and ginger, and it was so nice of him. Had the latter in lunch while gazing at daisies and Drew, it was a good day. Still coughing though which is a drag. But I'm getting lots of vits and minerals through all these vegetables as well as some easily digestible whey protein, so I'm sure I'll be feeling great in no time.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 3 & 4: nausea or... Hmmm

Apparently there is something not agreeing with my system in those Cleanse pills. Was sick all morning again yesterday. Eating out of the cooler worked well for us though, and salads at Subway. Drew's starting to feel tired and drug down. Trying to detoxify ourselves isn't the cake-walk (why is it called that anyway? cakes don't walk) we thought it could be, but it we are only in the first and presumably the hardest week. I want to do this Purification program and let it do its stuff, but I also don't like being nauseated. Guess it's good prep for pregnancy, right, sisters? Woke up this morning with a sore throat and feelings of a head cold, went for a walk 'cause the sun decided to show it's blushing cheeks--it's been a bit shy of late. Also made sure I ate some jalapeños in my lunch to, as Dad would say, "cure what ails ya." I think I need to go eat some more. I added some jalapeños to the cabbage salsa Laurel made, she took one bite of that and whooped, face pinking up a bit. I'm proud of Drew, he eats whatever I hand him and sometimes will add more heat! That's my boy! Maybe I could cleanse myself through pepper consumption and leave the pills to the more stable. I also wonder how many trillions+ pictures there are of the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 2: Cleansing Ourselves

After throwing up everything consumed yesterday, I awoke this morning feeling "spent" as Glenn put it. Got rid of the nausea though. Lazed around the house most of the day, and am feeling considerably better. Wanted to fall asleep in my warm bath in the later afternoon. Tomorrow Drew and I will be driving back over to Kennewick again. So I will be cutting carrots and celery, packing the cooler with juice, shake stuff, pills, and the like. Guess we'll be eating drive-around instead of drive-thru as we meander around town. Heads feeling much clearer and I haven't wanted to puke all day, haven't taken any of the cleanse pills today either. Glenn thought I should give my body a rest, maybe I'll take some before bed. Well, that's the long and short of it. Chinese food sounds good, as does some the items I just saw on the Wal-Mart shelves, but we do press on, carrot stick in hand.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 1: Purification Program

Drew and I wanted to cleanse ourselves, been a while since the last shower. That's what they do up here to keep warm. Ok, ok, internal cleanse. Asked Glenn about it, sounded like a kicker, said they didn't want to miss out, and now we're all on the diet of carrot/beet juice protein shakes. The fun part is u can make them different every time; add some berries, o.j., celery, etc. to the SP Complete with Whey and Fiber. Turns out pretty good, and then with this concoction you need to go ahead and take those 7 pills (or put them in the shake) to open up the fat cells and release fat and toxins from your body. Exercise is also a must because it eliminates waste and helps with just about everything: burning fat, sweating... but don't over do it. First 7 days are just this shake and veggie/fruit diet, day 8 we will start eating some proteins and take Green Food. There's a brief overview of the regimen. Now, my body will react different than anyone else's, because I am me and you are not, so don't hold my reactions too close to your heart.

I have been looking forward to this cleanse, so I hopped out of bed when the lark was on the wing and the snail on the thorn, had my shake and pills, and was ready to go. About 11:30 I started to feel unfocused and tired. I probably just needed to eat, but even after lunch I was feeling a bit wasted. At 4:40 I still want to take a nap, also feel bloated, and keep burping those pills. My fingers are trying to ignore my brain right now. I could fall asleep, my stomach feels slightly unsettled, and I just want to curl up in a ball and let it run its course. But I can't let it! Things must be done! I just think of it as my body trying to rid itself of toxins, since that's the case, can't blame it for felling poisoned. And of course I want to eat everything under the sun, chocolate (which would be melted under the sun), soup, cheese, and much more. I plan on these cravings going away in a few days though.

Today was shopping day with Laurel. She was a busy bee: started making shakes for everybody this morning, juiced a whole bunch of carrots, and then we ran around buying up the produce of the town (good thing nobody else wanted any). Costco was the place to go: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, apples, lettuces, celery, you name it, we got it. Mmmm, good stuff, organic, and tasty! We chopped carrots for a snack, Laurel will make cabbage salsa, and lentils are for dinner, probably with a BIG salad.

G&L seem to be just fine and Drew says he's feeling great and has plenty of energy, so that's good. I hope I can get over this icky feeling and enjoy the ride. Toodle-pip.