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I haven't updated in a long while, so I thought I'd check in. How's everything going? Life has finally gotten back to normal here (knock wood). Last month was hard, because the family just kept getting sick one after another. I was sick two or three times, lasting a week or more. Maya was sick three or four times and got kept &/or called home from school on several occasions (and apparently she's not allowed to go on the class field trip if she's missed too many days, so she's probably going to be punished for being sick when they called us several times to go pick her up). We just all kept catching stuff from each other. That's the only real major con with public schooling now.

With being so darned sick last month, I got WAY behind on both my emails and my many, many pen pal letters that I got from that ad in Grit magazine. I have a big intimidating pile with many letters a month old that I need to try to start tackling again today. I'm especially sorry to my original pen pal, [personal profile] rileytheleo, whose last letter I got just before getting sick. I still haven't gotten a chance to respond, but I am going to definitely play catch up this week.

I took Ivy to the salon Friday, and he's got a much shorter cut now. It's short all over except for a side-parted patch of long up front, which he has dyed blue. He really loves his new cut, and this is really the first time that he's had a typically “boy look”. I can tell how very happy he is with it, and that makes me happy even if Josh said he came home (before the blue) looking like Justin Beiber. Not really, though. Ivy looks fabulous!

Maya made me make her another appointment to get her hair cut even though we just cut it short a few weeks ago. But now it's over her ears and she doesn't want it over her ears, plus I'm sure she just wants a cut because Ivy and I are getting one. Josh doesn't want her to go too short and is trying to tell me what to “let them” do, and I'm fighting for Maya because it's her hair and I feel she should have it the way she wants it even if she is just 6.

My mom rarely let me do what I wanted with my hair growing up, and that always bothered me (and is probably part of why I did dreadlocks as an adult). Speaking of, my appointment is Thursday and I will be getting them cut off. The stylist said she would help me try to salvage/comb out some of my hair around my face, because I don't just want to be totally bald. It seems locked up kind of loosely up top, and she thinks we can salvage some. I've had them for two weeks shy of 4 years. But I find myself always tying it back the same way, wearing it the same day in and day out, and it's become a hair rut again. So time for a change. I'm glad I finally dreaded up like I always wanted, and I've had a whole lot of fun with them. I will miss them. My bestie is bummed. She says they suit me and she doesn't want to see them go. I have to keep one for her and Ivy.

I'm taking a break from writing because everything I write sucks horribly badly. I'm hoping a nice long hiatus will help. I may have given up on my magnum opus novel that I'll never ever finish.

I'm instead focusing on the homestead more now that it's Spring. We have six chickens that are starting to get big. Josh has built me two raised beds, which we filled with leaves and horse/pony manure, but now we're all out of manure so I'm not sure how I'll fill more when we want to make at least two or three more. They're 2 feet deep, and I think he said 8 or 9 feet long. My friend Doc came out two weeks ago and planted the first bed for me. He planted radishes, lettuce, collards, beets (even though I said we wouldn't eat them – he urged me to try the greens, so I will), and I think maybe something else, but I don't remember. Yesterday we finished the second one, and I planted another row of lettuce, kale, tomatoes (beefsteak), and bell peppers (California Wonder). I gave Maya the corner to make a little mound for her pumpkin that she really wanted to plant. I had a little patch left in my herb bed too, which is not a raised bed – although one will be put there as soon as my garlic is up. Anyway, Josh broke that patch up for me and I planted some cilantro and arugula. My garlic that I planted in fall is doing well, and my strawberries from two years ago have multiplied and made a little patch right in the middle of my garden spot. And of course the mint is coming back, because I can't get rid of it.

My birthday is at the end of the month. It falls on a Friday this year, which means Josh and I can have a date day while the kids are in school. I told him I want to do something special. I'm rapidly nearing that 40 mark, man. Just a few more years. When does middle age start? I feel like I've been there a long while already.

I am pleased to say that I've been exercising just about every day this month. It took me a while to get into that particular NYR, it seems, but I'm finally at it. I've been doing the ab roller, which is kicking my ass, and trying to get to where I can do good push ups again. I used to do JROTC in high school and could out push a lot of the guys, but now I can't even go very far down for one with my bad elbow and humongous body. But I'm working back at it again, and eventually I hope to see some kind of results. Not seeing any yet, but I've been in a lot of decrepit old lady pain, and I'm told that eventually leads to gain. I'm doing a bunch of other stuff too, switching things up every day. I'm really only getting in a few minutes every day, but I've been doing it every day pretty consistently except for one free day where I did a lot of drinking instead.

Dreamsongs Vol. 1, by George R. R. Martin

Dreamsongs Vol. 1, by George R. R. Martin





I read most of this book, but I wasn't able to finish it before it was due back at the library (even with an extension). It just didn't hold my interest. I felt about most of these stories the same way I felt about GoT – good ideas, but the execution wasn't the best. I guess I'm just not a GRRM fan.

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Whole30 Reintroduction Wrap-Up

Well, given how sick I've been all week, I've pretty much given up on the rest of my reintroduction. I ate loads of ice cream yesterday because it helped my throat feel better. I also had popcorn with butter because comfort food that I missed.

The only thing I *haven't* properly done a reintroduction for is gluten-containing grains, which I was set to reintroduce tomorrow (Monday). I may try to keep Whole30 eating for the next couple of days to finish it out right, but I'm still half dead and cooking seems so hard. I'm so close to finishing this out right though. But I'm also over it and not getting the help cooking that I need when I'm sick.

So far I haven't noticed any bad reactions when I've reintroduced foods, but I've also been so sick that I wouldn't have been able to tell anyway. I don't think I have any negatives except a tendency to binge on sugar foods.

All in all, I'm proud of myself for how well I did this time. I'll see what I can manage to do today, but I might as well just be off the wagon. I wish I'd seen more results this time, but I know that's because I was relying on white potatoes too much. Still, not a bad round. I think I'm going to call my reintroduction finished and just be proud of myself.

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Whole30 Day 40: Reintroduction Day 10

Today I get to reintroduce dairy. Only I didn't, because I took nyquil all day and passed out around 3 pm. Good thing I had ice cream the day before.

B: Spaghetti

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Whole30 Day 39: Reintroduction Day 9

I'm definitely sick. That makes it hard to tell how my body reacts on reintroduction, because I don't know what all is from the cold and what might be from the food I'm eating. I'm losing motivation, but I'm almost done, so I'm trying to hang in there.

B: Salmon, broccoli with lemon, baked potato with ghee

L: Raisins and a Twix ice cream bar. I totally cheated and reintroduced dairy a day early, but I needed some ice cream.

D: Spaghetti

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Whole30 Day 38: Reintroduction Day 8

Dragging a little this morning, but I think that's due to the margaritas yesterday more than anything else.

Ended up pretty sick over the evening. Not sure if it was the alcohol or if we've got a bug going around, because Ivy stayed home from school too.

B: Skipped

L: Salmon and broccoli with lemon

D: Skipped – went to bed way early

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Whole30 Day 37: Reintroduction Day 7

(Yesterday's entry)


Reintroduced non-gluten grains today.


B: Two hardboiled eggs, baked potato with ghee

L: Tortilla chips and salsa

Two margaritas with my bestie

D: Chicken and rice

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Whole30 Day 36: Reintroduction Day 6

Fell asleep before posting this last night. Going a little light on my healthy fats lately. Need to get back on the template.



B: Tuna steak, homemade seasoned fries

L: Two hardboiled eggs, homemade seasoned fries

D: Hamburger (with onion and bell peppers) on lettuce leaf “bun”

Snack: Raisins

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Whole30 Day 35: Reintroduction Day 5

I woke up with a bit of a headache, but I don't know if that was legume related.


B: Skipped

L: Two hardboiled eggs, baked potato with ghee and salsa

D: Tuna steak, steamed broccoli with lemon, homemade seasoned fries

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Whole30 Day 34: Reintroduction Day 4

(forgot to post this yesterday)


Today I reintroduced legumes.


B: Two pieces harboiled eggs, baked potato with salsa

L: Skipped

D: Chili (with beans!)

Snack: Raisins

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