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7 Quick Takes Friday ... January 9th

The first week of work in 2015 has been long ... very long.  All of the problems we had before I left with the facilities are all still happening.  We cannot seem to solve our HVAC problems and intellectually I know that it's not my fault.  However, it feels like I just cannot get this problem solved and it's my failure.  So hopefully tomorrow when I get it it's nice and warm in our office and only one building is a problem child.

This Sunday (and Tuesday for that matter) we celebrated the Three Kings and the Epiphany!  It's such a fun day - usually I move my wise men closer and closer as this day comes closer, but this year I had all of my nativities around the house and since I was only home for a few days before the celebration, they all stayed put.  But having three sets of wise men is very exciting!

And yes, one of my wise men is missing his head,
has been for years!

I started my first Whole30 on Monday.  It's been going pretty great so far.  I did have a 'crumb cake' craving when a woman brought me a home made, traditional polish cranberry crumb cake.  I did resist even though it was on the kitchen table at work all day long!  So far I've had some pretty fun meals and interesting items. It's forcing me to be more creative that 'pasta, chicken, and salad' for dinner.  I appreciate that a lot and as I integrate the dairy, grains, and legumes back into my diet, I'm going to keep up the creative dinners - even more than before I started.

DINNERS (lunches are salads or left overs usually)
Day 1: Steak, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
Day 2: Sweet Potato Hash, Two Eggs, Greens & Chicken
Day 3: Butternut Squash & Cranberries roasted, Scrambled Eggs & Ground Beef, Avocado, Greens, Salsa, and Pea Sprouts
Day 4: Pork Chops, Applesauce, Roasted Cauliflower Rice, Avocado

All quite adventurous!

It was so much fun this week to read every one's post in the Not Alone Series about an average day.  I loved to see inside the lives of the girls who work in offices, are nurses, and how some get up at 4:08 in the AM!  Many are able to attend Daily Mass and all make time for prayer throughout the day.  I'm such a fan of this community that Morgan and Jen have helped us to create.  I feel supported by these ladies and am so grateful for them in my life!  Keep on writing ladies!  See you next week for 2015 goals and expectations.

I saw this video on this blog earlier today and just could not help but smile!  And nod in agreement with her reflection on the situation.  The right guy at the wrong time is the wrong guy.  Every time.  It's always good to get a reminder!

We had our FIRST First Saturday dinner at my place on Saturday and good times were had by all who came.  It was so much fun to eat, play games, enjoy the little kiddos, and just catch up!  I'm so looking forward to next month!

Someone posted this picture of some pretty fun bottles of wine - looking forward to searching for these ones after my Whole30 is over!

For more Quickity, Quick Takes, check out the gang with Kelly over at This Ain't the Lyceum!
See you next week, or stop by this week for more musings and antics!


  1. The wine bottles are what brought me over. :) Your meals do look good and adventurous! I've been casting about blankly for low-calorie, high-nutrient options lately. Time to go hunting, perhaps.

    1. I know, right? I really want to find them in the store! The Whole30 options are good, not about calorie counting, but I do feel a lot better with the lack of sugar in my life!

  2. Alas, those wine labels are etsy creations. But that way would be able to add custom names, like: "Just Ended My Diet/Fast" and "Drove Through a Snowstorm." ;) Do you have any (free) recipes for desserts? I miss those the most...

    1. My latest dessert is pretty simple - just berries (this week's choice were blackberries and strawberries) with coconut milk. Tonight's plan is fresh pineapple with coconut milk.

      I could totally create some labels - love your suggestions - give them to friends as gifts with "kids are in bed" and "retreating to my happy place" on the bottles!


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