11.10.2009

Mondays In Review


Here is what I liked about today.

I woke up at 7:30 this morning to take my basal body temperature. I stretched my arms as I rolled over toward the bedside table, and allowed myself the obligatory twenty seconds wherein I look at the results on my chart and wonder what the hell it all means.

Then I got to roll over and go back to sleep, Peter Pan snoozing in a ball on my bum, Barnaby resting his monster head on my shoulder. I like mornings like that.

I switched conditioners and my hair feels like hair again! What a relief!

I drove to the art gallery in the darkening afternoon to drop off an order. Twenty-one glorious onesies for the gift shop, all stitched with love and longing by Yours Truly, Esquire. The sky was a deep dark gray, shooing golden leaves across the road, leaves that swirled and swept along the concrete and asphalt, gold against gray. I ate a cinnamon bear with the car heater on full blast as I waited for the left turn arrow to blink on and I pondered the fate of all of those cute onesies I just sewed up, and all those cute babies that might one day live inside them. It was just lovely. 

When I got home I read the latest Lucky while eating homemade curry leftovers, enjoying the way the spices burned my lips. I think Lucky is like the last decent magazine on the planet that hasn't been cancelled. Then I went on a nice long walk. (Pictures at the bottommmmmm)

I ate a pickle at 9:30 in my dark kitchen and noticed on the jar that pickles apparently contain zero calories. Zero calories! I'm not buying it. So I ate another and asked myself Does this taste like zero calories?


idaho in the fall is prettyyyyyyy!







But what does zero calories even taste like though?

25 comments :

  1. Book and Toasty Sock evenings are the best

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  2. Your Monday sounds lovely!! Mine was not so good - I found out that I had swine flu. At least that explains the level of rubbishness that I've been feeling. Blurrgh - fed up of feeling ill!!!!! Will try book and toasty socks to cheer myself up.

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  3. Peaceful days like this are sometimes like medicine to the soul.

    My day was okay. Some days I just feel sad for no reason, you know? Today was such a day. I crocheted all day and watched movies, read my bible and journaled. The best part of my day was a date with my hubby. We're living with his parents right now, and it's so good to get out of the house and just see each other with no one else around. All in all, it was not bad, though.

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  4. I am also one of those weirdos that has a below normal body temperature. No idea why or what it means though. But, I must say...I do not like being below average. I am below average in height as well... that just doesn't sit well with me... But, I suppose the body temp thing explains why I'm always so cold...

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  5. Pickles having zero calories pretty much had me at hello in college and would also explain my one time stint of eating a jumbo size jar of jumbo size pickles in the courtyard while my roommates moved out.

    The salt though...that is another story.

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  6. Love Pickles. Maybe I need to eat more since they are zero calories.

    I am envious of your talent. Wish I was living that dream instead of sitting in an office.

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  7. Most of my mondays are horrible, with all of the usual get back to work and school craziness. But today it was great! Instituted a new tradition with the kids called "breakfast for dinner." An invention created because I had no clue what the heck to cook for dinner. Nat- have you ever tried one of those digital fertility predictors? I think they are more reliable than just doing the basal body temp. You can get them at most drugstores. They track your hormones and tell you on what days you are the most fertile. It helped me get pregnant with my two rugrats since I was fertility challenged.

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  8. I used to love pickles...until I had to clean up my 3 year old daughter's whole pickle puke with curdled milk. Yep, dream about that when you're making those cute little onesie twosies...and then make another, just in case!

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  9. What a lovely day! Mine was spent typing, as per usual. Then making donuts for FHE, which was fun. I don't think I've ever taken a basal body temperature, but I'm probably on the cool side as well. I'm always colder than everyone else.

    You're probably tired of preggo advice, but I used this handy dandy calculator to get preg with my second. http://www.webmd.com/baby/healthtool-ovulation-calculator Of course, I don't know that fertility was an issue for us, for which I'm grateful that God was more concerned about challenging us in other aspects of our lives rather than witholding a baby for awhile. The idea of a day like yours, ending with a book and toasty socks, sounds quite wonderful.

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  10. i have to comment today, as i, too, was watching fallen, pumpkin-orange leaves scurrying across the black-top just this past weekend. they ran like they were in some sort of foot-race, the road's dotted yellow line the finish. i watched them like they were a movie. and then *click, click* captured them forever in my memory.

    every morning, i stand in front of the kitchen window, watching the tree in our front yard. today it shivered. or perhaps it shook in excitement because the holiday season is here! (have you had your requisite glass of egg nog yet? tastes like christmas and i couldn't be happier about it).

    here's a parting quote i've been saying to myself this fall. perhaps you'll think of it the next time you watch leaves dancing at your feet: "A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."—Hal Borland

    happy tuesday to you, nat.

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  11. "I can in good conscience tell my past self that my present self is living it exactly as we dreamed, and it is every bit as good as we imagined." I love this and it's so inspiring for someone like me who is on the way to living past dreams, but must first get out of this 8-5 desk job... there's just something about being in a cubicle all day that doesn't feel very much like "living the dream." Someday...

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  12. I could have had a day like that (to some degree); I had 5 cancellations. Only 2 clients out of 7 showed up today. Most of them had the decency to call, but still...what the what? I don't get paid if I don't see clients. (Something about "fraud..."?) Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...and I need money for Christmas!

    Anyway...my morning was spent lounging; I stayed in my jamjams for much longer than typical for a Monday, and pondered on the talk I'm supposed to give in church on Sunday. I even looked stuff up on LDS.org to help enlighten me. Now I have all sorts of resources, I really ought to pound out the details and start WRITING, I kept thinking. Alas, not one word.

    Then I went shopping. For a friend. She told me of a stellar bracelet and earring set she cannot afford; ergo, I got it for her for Christmas. HELLO, how have I missed the big fat jewlry department at Kohl's for so long?! I somehow conrolled myself and only purchased one item for myself...

    Then I worked with my two clients. (I totally thought I'd have 4 in the afternoon, but one stiffed me and the other called to cancel seconds before she was supposed to be in my office.)

    Still, though...not HORRIBLE for a Monday.

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  13. I envy your day!! :)

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  14. I wrote an exam and then looked after my sick little GoodWife...shame, she has a tummy bug. I had a wicked lamb stew for supper on this cold and mizzley evening, and now I have duty in the hostle...bugger!

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  15. My normal body temperature is 96.7. Low, I know, but that is where I sit. Whenever I go to the doctor's office, then, and my temperature reads "98" or "99," they don't worry too much about it at first. I have to explain that the 'normal' temperature is a fever for me.

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  16. My normal temp is 97. Its okay, we all have our own 'normal' basal temp.. as long as it's consistantly low it's fine, though you could have hypothyroidism. wouldn't hurt to get it checked out... especially as it may hamper fertility.

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  17. My Monday was unbelievably productive. *yuck* Of course I feel good about it, but seriously, what? Me? Productive? Ha! But I was. And today I still am. *yuck*

    Don't worry about your frigid temps. I average 96° too - all the time. And I'm very cold-natured. But I live in AR so... I'm used to HOT anyway.

    As for pickles, they're basically cucumbers drenched in vinegar so... yeah... no calories. Isn't it a gift?! :) But as "Screwed Up Texan" said... the salt is another story.

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  18. PS... I hope to one day live my days similar to yours and have babies! Right now I'm stuck under fluorescent lights and... I don't exactly gain a killer tan from it.

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  20. Skip the basal body temp testing and go straight for the lh test kit (they are cheap at target and walmart). At least that's what I've been told- still no gushy baby though either. I think the answer really is lots of cinnamon bears.

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  21. Can I just say one thing? I love you. I don't know you, and maybe you won't ever read this comment, but I happenend upon your blog, and I truly enjoy your candor, humor, and, of course, your dogs.
    At first glance you would think that I would have nothing in common with you to keep me reading. I am a middle aged(Yikes! Already?)homeschooling mom of 5, ages 24 to 12, but you have such a talent in writing. Keep it up.
    Thanks!

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  22. I especially liked the part about telling your past self that your present self is living exactly as you dreamed. Good for you! That is hard to pull off. I'm still trying...

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  23. Cucumbers are mostly water, but I thought there was a fair amount of sugar in the pickling process. If not, I guess the water thing hold true and translates to ZERO calories.

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  24. Sorry I'm late with my respnse, but I had to get up and walk all the way over to the fridge and pull out one of the two 500 gallon tubs of French's Mustard from Costco because I thought that mustard had zero calories and you seemed to think that it had 10 calories per serving. According to French's nutritionists, mustard has absolutely zero, count 'em zero calories. Now if someone could just come up with the zero calorie corndog we'd be in business.

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  25. my basal temp is 96.5 too. ridiculous! do you take a thyroid hormone???

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