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1 hour ago, LadyShello said:

However, I don't much care for a homemade mac and cheese either.  I seriously prefer the Kraft stuff in the box, particularly the spiral shaped pasta.

 

7 minutes ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I honestly prefer boxed mac and cheese too. There's a reason this recipe has bacon in it. Bacon is a problem solver :)

 

Y'all haven't had my homemade mac and cheese.  But I cheat--I use sodium citrate to emulsify my sauce instead of building a starchy base.  I also don't bother with bread crumbs or any other froo-frooery.  It's mac and cheese, not cheesy macaroni casserole with adulterating toppings or additions. :D

 

Alton Brown's Stove-Top Mac and Cheese is an improvement on the Kraft box, but it's more time consuming.

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5 minutes ago, DrFeelgood said:

 

 

Y'all haven't had my homemade mac and cheese.  But I cheat--I use sodium citrate to emulsify my sauce instead of building a starchy base.  I also don't bother with bread crumbs or any other froo-frooery.  It's mac and cheese, not cheesy macaroni casserole with adulterating toppings or additions. :D

 

Alton Brown's Stove-Top Mac and Cheese is an improvement on the Kraft box, but it's more time consuming.

I love AB. That does look like a killer mac and cheese.  I think I'll have to try it.  If I am going out to eat I do like a mac and cheese with breadcrumbs, particularly if there is bacon added but my kids won't touch a bread-crumbed mac and cheese. 

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I am NOT FREAKING OUT (I am freaking out)

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I'm feeling extra fluffy today.

 

I've been letting the greyness in. I have to admit it. The greyness is IN. It's taking over.  I had a good day yesterday. No news or social media, and today I've been online a little bit, but it's like... I dunno. I feel heavy. Literally and figuratively. I need to process a little. I'm overwhelmed!

 

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I'm so tired just sitting here....

 

So. The challenge dictates that I just DO stuff. Stop thinking about it. Just do it. I've done some strength training, and I rode the bike today while watching a show I taped. I also made crockpot creamy chicken for freezing. Next on the freezing list: Cookies, Chicken (just cooked and cubed, nothing fancy) and a meat sauce. After that, I'll be done freezer cooking and this will all be in my freezer!! MUWUHAHAHA

  • Chili
  • Lasagna for 2
  • Creamy Chicken
  • cubed chicken
  • Meat sauce
  • Bacon mac and cheese
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate chip cookies

So what's next? Tomorrow I'm taking off. I am having lunch with a friend tomorrow, I'm going to visit my grandpap after lunch and then I'm having dinner with my cousin. I really didn't plan on having all my social engagements in one day, but that's kinda how it worked out. This weekend starts spring cleaning. I've been a bit overwhelmed by the house, so I've decided to take it one room at a time. I'm going to start with the easy rooms we don't use a lot, and then end with the most used rooms. That way what I've cleaned has a better chance of STAYING clean unlike SOME rooms (I'm looking at YOU, kitchen).  Then I can work out and get to work in the late afternoons/evenings.

 

Okay, So.. This is a good plan. I know I wasn't going to plan too much this challenge, but my anxiety levels are HIGH. ALL CAPITAL LETTERS HIGH. So I think I just needed to think this out and go "I can do this, I can DO this."

 

Alright, I'm gonna go DO some stuff. Thanks for listening! I feel a lot lighter now!! I'll have a nice list to celebrate with for our evening Pupdate :D 

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Off to DO stuff.

 

 

 

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I'm glad you feel lighter.  You have a really great plan.  I think tomorrow being your social day is good timing - provided all those social engagements are something you look forward to and not a chore.. 

 

I'm feeling overwhelmed at the moment myself so at least you are not alone.  But I do want to come to your place and eat out of your freezer.  So much yum.  

 

In case of emergency:

 

Imagine yourself being attack cuddled by a pile of puppies. 

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I just looked at the weather report.

 

It's going to warm up starting tomorrow and be warm and sunny most of the week. We're talking high 50's to mid 60's and some days call for full sunshine. Today is going to be cold, but the sun is out!

 

This means walks outside, cleaning with the windows open, and yoga in the sunny spot. I'M SO EXCITED!!

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You know, I think I was a puppers in a past life. :)

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DISTRACTING PUPPIES

 

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Today I got some stuff done. Not a lot. Just some.

I spent a lot of time stress cleaning today because my cousin (the one from the visit from hell this summer) went into the hospital with pre-eclampsia and they did an emergency C-section.  AH THE BABY IS HERE  THE BABY IS HERE She's just shy an ounce shy of 3 pounds. Cousin and baby girl are both okay.

 

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I think I might just go pass out for a bit. :) Oh thank heavens.

 

 

 

 

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On 16-2-2017 at 5:35 PM, Snarkyfishguts said:

It IS a lot of cheese. And my mother called me to say she thinks she might be lactose intolerant now. (Looks in the freezer. Swears)

No ricotta or cottage cheese?  yes !!

 

I honestly prefer boxed mac and cheese too. There's a reason this recipe has bacon in it. Bacon is a problem solver :)

Good news: there is no lactose in cheese! :)

 

I don't think you can buy those boxed mac and cheese here, so I have to take your word for it

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11 minutes ago, Terah said:

Good news: there is no lactose in cheese! :)

 

I don't think you can buy those boxed mac and cheese here, so I have to take your word for it

Yeah. Tell that to my mother.

 

Huh, really? That's interesting...hmmmmmmmmmmmm....It's pretty addictive, so I think you're better off not having tried it!

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I lost my shit earlier today. It was a full scale OMG Losing of the Shit.

 

I don't feel very good about myself, and I often try to compensate for what I feel like I'm lacking in perfectionism. Which many of us can relate to. It results in obsessively creating the perfect packing lists for trips, re-writing grocery lists to be neater and in order of the aisle in the store, of writing these amazing to-do lists that grow teeth because it's so f*cking hard to keep up with them.

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Today it was 67 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny. Do you know how amazing that felt? I went for a walk and I didn't even need a light sweater. Hell, I just put on my shoes, didn't' bother with socks, and I just hoped my hair wasn't too Witch Queen to be out in public. This was a Vitamin D-mergency. Soon I was done walking. I stood inside the house for ten minutes, just thinking about that doggam to do list, and looked at the weather. This was going to be the warmest, sunniest day of the week. After this, it would be ten degrees cooler, cloudier, and rainy some days. It would go back to grey and winter by the end of the week. The only to do that mattered was being outside. F*ck everything else.

 

I played the ukulele on the front porch. I read a book. I swept rocks off the sidewalk. I looked up houses for sale within a reasonable price point and realized I could move out and be okay. I helped a neighbor move her basketball pole and petted her super nice and hairy dogs. Today felt like a miracle day. So many of my neighbors looked like hell and were out working in their yards today, and I realized I'm not alone. The weather is impacting us all, and we all needed this break. It was a miracle day :)

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Fueled by sunshine, I went inside and attacked my to-do list. I don't mean getting things done on it, I mean, I attacked that list itself, I scratched of a good 3/4 of the items listed on it, and then I went through the remaining ones and scheduled the ones that really, REALLY had to be done this week and added exercise to it. Once I had about 3 things each day (exercise included), I scratched off the extra bits that didn't make the schedule. THIS, I can handle. THIS, I can do. So the house is going to be a little dusty, but the bathrooms and kitchen will be clean, and the laundry done. So I might not get all the work I wanted to done, but I'll have one project finished, and I'll sleep each night. Maybe my grocery list will be messy and I'll forget to buy a couple things. Maybe I'll live. Maybe good enough is enough, and I can stop being so doggamned hard on myself all the f*cking time. And maybe it's okay that I haven't visited my grandfather in two weeks, because I was sick, and when I felt better, I didn't want to see him because he can be a dick. (visiting him is on the schedule for Monday. I mean, he's still family. Doggamnit)

 

Tomorrow's List is Exercise, Grocery Store, and Cooking.

Monday is Visit Pap, lunch with a friend, exercise

Tuesday is vacuum, exercise, draw

Wednesday is Exercise, Draw, clean the bathrooms

Thursday is Trash and Recycling Night, laundry, and watering the plants

Friday is exercise, draw, and pick up my prescription.

 

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It sounds like you did what you needed to do.  Letting go and learning to be okay with less than perfect is a very freeing feeling. :)

 

At the end of the day, you're only obligated to yourself.  Everything else is a choice.

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8 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I don't mean getting things done on it, I mean, I attacked that list itself, I scratched of a good 3/4 of the items listed on it, and then I went through the remaining ones and scheduled the ones that really, REALLY had to be done this week and added exercise to it. Once I had about 3 things each day (exercise included), I scratched off the extra bits that didn't make the schedule. THIS, I can handle. THIS, I can do. So the house is going to be a little dusty, but the bathrooms and kitchen will be clean, and the laundry done. So I might not get all the work I wanted to done, but I'll have one project finished, and I'll sleep each night. Maybe my grocery list will be messy and I'll forget to buy a couple things. Maybe I'll live. Maybe good enough is enough, and I can stop being so doggamned hard on myself all the f*cking time. And maybe it's okay that I haven't visited my grandfather in two weeks, because I was sick, and when I felt better, I didn't want to see him because he can be a dick. (visiting him is on the schedule for Monday. I mean, he's still family. Doggamnit)

YES!!! You've got this :) 

Some days all you can do is survive, and other days you'll do more than you thought possible. And that's totally okay.

Btw, I forget to put stuff on my grocery list all the time, and I live. Lot's of weeks I didn't clean the entire house or I did but didn't get all the laundry done. And than too I live. The worst thing that could happen is that I have to ask for help. And as hard as that is, it's totally okay too :D 

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Perfection is unobtainable because it sees with critical eyes and its standards continue to rise. You will never reach perfection so instead aim for balance. Enough work to keep your mind sharp and your pecker up, enough housework to ward off any infestations and odours, enough exercise to keep your body guessing, and fill the rest of your days with friends, family and leisure. 


And don't forget the wine. 

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21 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

It sounds like you did what you needed to do.  Letting go and learning to be okay with less than perfect is a very freeing feeling. :)

 

At the end of the day, you're only obligated to yourself.  Everything else is a choice.

Yes!!! I like feeling like I have choices!!

17 hours ago, Terah said:

YES!!! You've got this :) 

Some days all you can do is survive, and other days you'll do more than you thought possible. And that's totally okay.

Btw, I forget to put stuff on my grocery list all the time, and I live. Lot's of weeks I didn't clean the entire house or I did but didn't get all the laundry done. And than too I live. The worst thing that could happen is that I have to ask for help. And as hard as that is, it's totally okay too :D 

Ugh asking for help. I had to do this today, and I didn't die! 

16 hours ago, deftona said:

Perfection is unobtainable because it sees with critical eyes and its standards continue to rise. You will never reach perfection so instead aim for balance. Enough work to keep your mind sharp and your pecker up, enough housework to ward off any infestations and odours, enough exercise to keep your body guessing, and fill the rest of your days with friends, family and leisure. 


And don't forget the wine. 

Wine!!! Yay!!! And you are spot on about the standard of perfection rising. Perfection is an a*hole

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I did walk today, and I went to the grocery store, but I didn't finish my exercise and I didn't cook. My brother called and asked me to spend the day with him and his youngest at a playground, aND YEAH. I did that, and then I had dinner at their house. It was pretty awesome as far as days go. My sister-in-law drew a bunny on my hand.  And my brother lovingly gave me a "get your shit together" talk. But he said it nicely. And then he said in a silly voice but seriously, "failure is not trying" he's a good brother. 

 

 

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This is me going after today like whaaa?

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Okay, before I even continue, I have to confess to ONE puppy GIF that I F@%$ can't stand SO MUCH

 

Okay....ready? READY FOR IT?

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THAT PUPPY?!?!?! STOP IT!!! STOP IT NOW!!!!!

 

UGH, I HATE IT SO MUCH.

 

 

Today my lunch plans were postponed to tomorrow. Poor friend's daughter is STILL sick. Poor kiddo. I just said to her "Look, I'm free for lunch everyday this week, so we WILL get together" and she wrote back "OH GOOD. I have cabin fever! I NEED to get out!" I hear you sister.

 

I feel pretty good today, so I'm going to clean, cook, and exercise, and then tomorrow I'll do the visiting stuff and exercise. Easy peasy. Funny enough, I did all that cooking last week, and at the grocery store, I bought Kraft Mac and Cheese (spirals, Shello!) packets of tuna, soup, rice, applesauce, and spaghettios. Do you know what ALL THESE things have in common? One dirty pot, one dirty bowl, one dirty spoon.

 

Someone is tired of cleaning the dang kitchen :)

 

I CAN STILL SEE THE WEIRD THUMB PUPPY GIF FROM HERE!!!! *barfs*

 

Okay, I'm off. I'll see y'all for an Evening Pupdate. Have an awesome day!

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1 hour ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

I bought Kraft Mac and Cheese (spirals, Shello!)

A good day indeed!  

 

One thing I really like about my bujo, is at the end of each week you have to re-evalutate all the leftover to-do's.  I can decide to just say fuck it and cross that shit off of there for good, or I can reschedule for a completely different time and not have to think about it until then, or keep it as a to-do. 

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4 hours ago, LadyShello said:

A good day indeed!  

 

One thing I really like about my bujo, is at the end of each week you have to re-evalutate all the leftover to-do's.  I can decide to just say fuck it and cross that shit off of there for good, or I can reschedule for a completely different time and not have to think about it until then, or keep it as a to-do. 

YES, I have a dated monthy/weekly planner, and I've dusted it off this week. I'm going to utilize your leftover to do strategies.

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Evening Pupdate:

 

Today I did the cooking I skipped yesterday. It was like "I either cook it, or throw it out." so I broiled 3 chicken breasts, and made a double batch of that awesome sweet Italian sausage meat sauce from this lasagna recipe. She uses meatloaf mix, but I find it's AWESOME with sweet Italian sausage. Just remove the sausage casing, break up into little pieces and use it in the recipe like the meat. It takes longer to cook, but it doesn't hurt the recipe at all. 

 

While I was cooking and cleaning the kitchen, I did squats, calf raises, and leg lifts- front and back. While I vacuumed the basement, I did lunges. I think I'll ride the stationary bike and watch some TV in a bit.

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I still have "drawing" on my to do list today too. But it's still pretty early. Okay... Drawing now, bike and shows after. I'm thinking about visiting my grandfather tonight too. I miss him, the old fart. :) 

 

Tomorrow- Lunch with my friend, drawing, and exercising. I called in my prescription and it will be done EARLY, so I'll pick this up tomorrow, and pick up some supplies while I'm there. 

 

I bought 4 sets of harem pants today from amazon and then said "HOLY CATS WHAT am I going to do with 4 sets of HAREM PANTS!" So I canceled two of them and am only getting 2 pants. :D 

Pants number 1

Pants number 2

I was also going to get that awesome bright blue and green pair and this red and purple pair, but then I was like......Let's see how THESE pants work first.

 

This is really the "OH MY CAT, I'm SO tired, but I'm going to keep going." post.

 

Finally, Chow Chow's are my new obsession. I'm going to find out more about them when I'm "sleeping" tonight. :) 

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LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL AND FLUFFY!

 

 

 

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So my Grandfather's residence is in a kind of lockdown. I can still visit, but all the doors are shut trying to quarantine the latest flu going around, soooooooooo....

 

I came home instead. I'll call him tomorrow and see how he's doing. The nurses and aides said he isn't sick, but I'm traveling soon, and I don't want to be hurling on the day I'm supposed to be flying.

 

I spent the evening drawing and updating my website. I finally finished this beagle stampede

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BALL!!

 

It's not the best thing I've ever done. But it's DONE. and I think I captured the joy of beagles running after a ball :)  And I'll share with you a secret:

 

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Some of the beagles legs aren't showing because the overlap made them look like the front beagles had giant penises. I figured it was better to assume their legs were hiding behind other beagles than to have penis paws.

 

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Oh, man. 

 

I was having a pretty crummy day and thought I would cheer people on to cheer myself up, but wow. 

 

PUPPIES!

 

Thank you for existing and for this lovely oasis of cute. 

 

I will leave this image of my bub as a baby here for your viewing pleasure. 

 

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Yes, I put him in a tree. 

 

Also, love your running beagles!

 

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And paw penises!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!

 

I hope your grandfather stays well and that your travels go smoothly!

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