Monday, February 17, 2014

A Day Off

I know I said I'd be back over the weekend, but I was just too tired.  I worked my normal 24 hour shift on Friday, went to teach for 7 hours on Saturday, and then worked another 12 hours yesterday.  I just could not function once I got home last evening.  Yes, it may seem I'm burning the candle at both ends but I do believe a window of opportunity is opening.  You see, where I teach is our local county career center.  The man who is in charge of the safety service programs (police, fire, and EMS) used to be my EMS chief years ago.  We were talking on Saturday and I expressed my interest in really getting into teaching.  I am enjoying myself immensely.  He said that he thought that I really needed to be teaching after he saw me in action.  Then he eluded to being overwhelmed himself trying to teach and run the programs.  I offered my services for free to help him.  I told him I could file, do computer work, or whatever else he needed.  He told me he was going to take me up on the offer and that he may not be able to do the job too much longer due to the stress as he is not very young.  I am hoping this will be my window to get off the road as a paramedic and start teaching instead! Fingers crossed...

I would like to let you all know my dilemma still has NOT been fixed.  Steve, who can now be named, said he thought about it while he was building it but just kept on building.  He was going to let it go until I noticed. WHAT?!?!?!? lololol  That proves it was a ploy!!!! lolol

It has come to my attention recently that I may be becoming horizontally challenged.  How? You may ask. Well, I stepped on a scale where a teach I realized I have gained 6-7 lbs in the last couple months.  How can that be you ask?  Well, that little diet thing I did last year only lasted 1 month.  It is very difficult to be healthy when no one else in your house is doing it with you.  Today, I am once again determined.  I bought a juicer, which Steve and I swore we would use, still new and sitting in the closet.  I will use it!!!  I even went to the Amish bulk food store today to buy some ingredients for some new recipes.

I can hear you all now... uhhhh we do not believe you will be eating healthy with that donut box in the picture Mary.  lololol that is my daughter's... I swear even if I did eat a chocolate covered donut from that box this morning.  That is NOT the point!  From here on out... ok after I eat the chocolate toffee covered pretzels I bought today... I will eat healthy.  Oh wait Steve bought me chocolates for Valentine's Day... right after I finish those I will start my diet...

As you can see from the picture I bought both GMO free wheat and white flour (I know flour is not healthy for you) but I LOVE bread.  I also bought steel cut oats, flax seed, and chia seeds.  By Christmas I should look like one of the Chia Pets you see on TV with green plants growing out from me.  LOL  I have seen recipes using them as thickening agents in breakfast yogurt in a jar things.  I'll show you when I start making them.  Don't hold your breath though. 

Did someone say bread??? Oh wait that was me.  Speaking of bread I dug out my bread machine today to make some bread.  I store it in my basement and haven't used it in years.  I used to use it all the time to make my pizza dough and occasionally bread.  I had to wash a layer of dust and dirt off of my machine, but I have bread baking as we speak.  As I'm messing with the buttons my smart alack son says "Wow Mom! I'm surprised you remember how to use this."  really?!?!!? My daughter just now asked what the special occasion is that I'm making bread.  OK OK obviously it has been way too long ago that I baked bread.  Oh and by the way the roses in the background are NOT mine.  My very thoughtful son bought them for his girlfriend to take to school tomorrow for Valentine's Day, late.  They did not have school Friday or today so he will take them tomorrow. :-)

Anyway, I am using this bread recipe Honey Whole Wheat Bread from Allrecipes.  I have never made it before so I will have to let you know how it turns out tomorrow.  I made some adjustments to the recipe after reading some of the comments, so if it does not come out as a hockey puck and tastes good I will post the recipe I used  as well as show you some of my home pictures.  See you then.

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Kathleen Woodbury said...

I am hoping and praying that this teaching opportunity in the future will enable you to get off the road. Your healthy eating plan is so inspiring...right! Actually I put chia seeds in our oatmeal along with ground flax seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon and raisins. This stuff keeps you full all morning and then some! ...and I haven't needed to shave more often either, my chia sister, lol!

Sheila said...

Oh Mary, I'm with you. Bread is its own food group in my book!
Making little changes here and there in my eating habits too. Chia seeds and hulled barley are on my list this week. Both are supposed to keep us full longer. Dr. Oz introduced the barley last week and can be used in place of rice and other sides.
Good luck!
(lol, Steve and my hubby would get along well!)