Fortnight in Review – 2/19/18

Oops, things got away from me last week and I missed doing a Week in Review post, so I’ll just pretend that a Fortnight in Review is the next best thing and I’ll try to cover two weeks at once.

What I ate: It was the best of weeks, it was the worst of weeks. Not entirely, but it sounded good to say that. First, I was up 1.4 lbs at my WW meeting weigh-in. Next week, I was down…the same 1.4 lbs. Net zero. Trying not to let the stalemate get me down, and I’m focusing on really tracking everything…it’s too easy to take a few bites of the girls’ leftovers, a cracker here, a cookie there, but it all adds up, and I need to pay better attention. Successful new recipes this week including chicken broccoli noodle casserole and a chicken burrito bowl. I was especially proud of the (ridiculously easy) homemade pickled onions!


A few favorites in the dinner rotation came through again as well: fried “rice,” and sausage tortellini soup. Miriam announced that “this is the best rice in the wide world!” So of course I didn’t give away my secret…that it’s a mix of rice and riced cauliflower! Hide the veggies wherever you can.


The homestead: Last weekend we had a spot of glorious sunshine and a chance to build the other two garden beds. I love how they look so far and can’t wait to fill them with dirt and then veggies!


Other goings-on: The girls had a successful dentist visit! They were so psyched, thanks to the Berenstain Bears, who have a book about everything. Daphne volunteered to go first, and was really into it until about halfway through the cleaning when she got a little bothered by the vibrating toothbrush. Miriam’s favorite part were the sunglasses and she did great for the whole thing, they even did x-rays on her. Always one to dress for an occasion, Miriam wore all white “like a tooth” in honor of the appointment. No cavities and no braces yet! All in all, a successful day.


What I read: I finished three books over the past two weeks. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and True Grit by Charles Portis. I really enjoyed all of them but Exit West blew me away. Easily the best book I’ve read all year. I regret that I put it off for so long because I expected it to be magical realism, which is not my thing. Now I’m reading Ice Ghosts, In Farleigh Field, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. I’m also in a terrible pickle of having several of my library holds come available at once.

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