Friday, December 19, 2014

11 bowls of borscht

This obscure little christmas album was played every year at my grandpa's for as long as I can remember having him with us. Giggling along to this on christmas eve is just part of christmas. Now you can join in my family's weirdness too.

6 more sleeps :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Will walk for food

I met an old friend from high school for supper last night that I don't get to see nearly enough. Tracy suggested a new restaurant in town with New Orleans style food - Bon Temps. I've heard good things about it...and they had all the good stuff - jambalaya, po boy sammiches, crab boils and hushpuppies to name just a few.

And...Oh mah gawd people. They had Chicken and waffles.

I've been on a quest to have chicken and waffles ever since I saw an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where Guy went to Louisiana and had it...and ironically after searching for it all over when we were in the US I found it here at home. I figured it could be awful or the best thing ever...and it turned out to be amazing. The best crispy spicy fried chicken I've ever had with a crispy fluffy waffle, maple syrup and sliced spicy pickle. It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Healthy? Not even remotely...but worth every little calorie.
We're in a warm spot right now, above zero. I will be walking to work the rest of the week to work off the rest of this mealy indulgence, but now I know where to go for amazing comfort food.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

walking in a winter wonderland

Woke up this morning to do my exercises, that I do mon/wed/fri. My damn knee is doing it's thing it used to do long ago so I'm laying off the squats for a few weeks. I did do my HIIT biking yesterday though! I have to start getting up 15 minutes earlier since feeding 3 cats seems to take about 10 minutes in the AM. Gavin is a slow eater and needs to be watched so he isn't bullied out of his food - he doesn't eat enough as it is, so I try and keep them separate while they eat.
It feels good to exercise. I feel stronger. I am hoping the biking will help my knee as well.

It's a beautiful day today - almost 0. I'm hoping I can walk home'll be great. :)
Hope you all have a great day.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


J is starting to get his voice back finally. Poor guy - he was really sick there for a while. You don't realize how quiet you can be until you're the only one talking :)
The critters are settling in well...improvements day by day. Old guy is still doing alright as well. This week I haven't done my HIIT biking yet, but I will, starting tomorrow. This AM I had a very early cardiac MRI and was up late redoing my resume, so I was not willing to get up at stupider o'clock to bike. I will be better about it in the future tho - I need more cardio. With the winter snows here we don't get out for walks as much...walking in -20 isn't that fun, even with the right gear.

My job is being changed from temporary to permanent, so I get to apply for my own job and hopefully kick ass and get on permenantly. Seeing as my boss is a reference for me, and I have lots of good references from people I work with and for and the only one with experience at this particular job I know I have a very good chance at it, but I'll be relieved when this is all over. I'll know by the end of the month so I can relax and hopefully celebrate over the break.

I am so very much looking forward to the break. I get off between Dec 24 and Jan 5 and it's going to be so nice to have some time at home :) I've started with the christmas decor and have the small tree decorated with some lights and stockings up and so far no major cat sabotage has happened, so I'm hopeful. I have put photos in all the frames I put up on our hall wall in the fall too, and it's so nice to look at happy memories every day now...I need to find other walls for hanging more frames I think. I've finally gotten over the "no holes in the wall!" craziness from when I repainted a few years ago and had to fill over 400 nail holes in the living room. A few here and there I can live with.

Hope you're all having a wonderful week. It's chilly and wintery here now - we got about a foot of snow over the weekend and it's looking like proper winter now. The river is sublimating and freezing over and we've dug out the hats. After chemo I have a LOT of hats :)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Number 2....Number 2....Number 2....

My husband has a terribly sore throat. It hurts him to swallow or talk. Normally I'd joke about the no talking thing but the poor man really is in a lot of pain. After 4 days of it he actually went to the Mediclinic about it yesterday, which means it's really bad - he hates doctors. Poor guy had to wait 3 hours for a throat swab and someone to tell him to rest and that he has laryngitis. No Sh1t Sherlock.
They think it's probably viral which means there's nothing to do for it other than rest and not talk...they said they'd call him back today with the results of the throat swab. The irony of calling someone who can't talk to give them results on why they can't talk was apparently lost on the desk clerk.
Yesterday I had my second personal training session. She added more reps to the things I was doing and added 3 more exercise movements to incorporate on my M/W/F strength training: bicep curls on the ball with 1 leg raised, chest pull backs with tricep extensions and isolated crunches. She also is having me do HIIT biking on T/Th with biking fast for 30 seconds and then regular for 2min 30 seconds over and over for 20-30 minutes. Level up :)
This weekend will likely be pretty slow and dull so I hope to make a start into getting the the christmas stuff up. I usually make myself wait until Dec. 1 but that's monday so I'm cheating and getting things going on the weekend. It should be interesting with the new cats. I think I'm sticking to our tiny apartment sized tree (3 ft) up on the bar for now and some lights and we'll see how the little beasts deal with it. They're still a bit new to the home to be punishing them hardcore and I don't want to terrify them just because I want a christmas tree. If they destroy this old one I really don't care.
I should go. Duty calls and I want a cup of tea.

Later taters.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

getting to know you

Warning. I may be posting about cats way too much in the next while...cuz....cats! :)
I keep reading about proper ways to introduce cats to each other and it all seems odd. I hope we aren't screwing it up too badly.
We had the 2 new ones in the spare room but let them out to explore after a night. They're eating and drinking. The kitten, after a day, is most comfy in certain areas of the house but will walk by our old guy Gavin and try to approach him but mostly ignore him. She's learning Gavin won't do anything (so proud of our old man for not being a jerk about all this!). They'll try and sniff each other and the kitten will run away or hiss a bit but no big deal. They'll be fine I think.
I feel bad for Dax tho - she is more skittish with other adult cats, including her kitten at the moment. At first she ant the kitten explored together but now that she has met Gavin she is more scared. She hides mostly in a few spots to sleep and comes out occasionally for me and lets me pet her and play with her a little bit, and acts all cute and catlike occasionally...but mostly she isn't too comfortable around the other cats or J yet. She avoids them and if they come within a few feet she'll growl, and even swat at her kitten (who I am sure is a bit confused, but is being weaned now so it makes sense a bit). Gavin just gives her a wide berth, although I can tell he's curious and wants to make friends. I just hope she'll be OK with the new cats eventually. I hate to see her stressed and worry she may stay aggressive. They were kept in a separate bedroom at night but managed to somehow get the door open on the 2nd night and so we've let them explore since then and we lock them in the bedroom only if we both aren't home. It's a big space to learn to feel comfy in so I think it'll be a few weeks before they relax in the house. It seems like it's too late to re-sequester her, so I'm just trying to give her lots of good positive attention when she does come out. I feel like she just settled in her old house (with 9 other cats and 2 dogs) and we uprooted her again. Poor girl.
Considering they aren't fighting or chasing each other around I figure it's not going too badly. The kitten plays like a crazy thing and will already sit and purr on my lap, which blows my mind. J is worried Dax'll get tubby from not playing, but I have to remember it's only been 4 days since we brought her home. I think if we didn't have the kitten adjusting so soon it wouldn't seem so weird.
I have to remember it took years for our cats to be friends and even then at times only tolerated each other. I just want them to not be stressed out by the presence of each other is all.
Any advice cat owners?