Primal Day 9

Ran across a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today, about the effects that gut health has on the rest of the body, and most interestingly, the mind.  Read it here.  Really makes you think twice about the food you put into your body.  Processed, sugary foods may not just make you fat, it may cause you to be depressed and anxious.  Very interesting stuff.

Speaking of gut health, my stomach has been a little wonky today.  I’ve eaten plenty of food, but I’ve been hungry all day – mentally hungry.  My stomach feels full, but I still feel like I need to eat.  I think it’s hormonal.  The only difference in my diet today compared to any day last week, is that today I ate a little bit of dairy – a little cheese with lunch and a glass of kefir while making supper.  Maybe the dairy is messing me up?  Also, I had some almonds for a snack today, and my stomach was rumbly afterwards.  I ate no almonds last week and had no rumbly tummies.  I’ll try them again tomorrow and see if they bother my stomach again.

For supper we tried the steak soup recipe I found online here.  The soup turned out good, but the meat was still not good.  It was very gristly.  Maybe it’s because it’s a rump roast?  Maybe it needed more crockpot time?  We’re hoping that it’s better tomorrow after sitting in the acidic soup base all night.

For the Day 9 Challenges, I was supposed to track my macronutrient intake.  The book recommends using to do this, but I neglected to measure anything I ate today, so I failed that challenge.  I did increase my daily movement, however, which was another one of the challenges.  Marta & I did 8 or 16 sets of stairs today; I lost track.  I also parked far, far away from the office, and when I went to the mall, I walked from Sephora to Dillards.

Overall today was a little discouraging after feeling so great last week.  I mean I still feel good – my head is clear, and my allergies have really calmed down.  I just wish I felt satisfied.   Oh, I did get good news this morning.  I am still at 145.9, but all my measurements are an inch smaller!


Primal Day 8

We spent the night at Mom & Dad’s last night, so I didn’t make my usual breakfast of eggs and sautéed veggies.  Instead I had a slice of Mom’s spinach quiche.  It was very rich (made with spinach, onions, eggs, cream and lots o’ cheese), but very tasty.  It did have a crust on it, but I pulled most of it off.

We got back to the QC in time to go to the gym.  One of today’s challenges (from The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation) is to do a Sprint Workout.  This involves doing brief bouts of exercise at 80 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate.  Preferably, I would sprint outside, but since it’s snowy and muddy and cold, I “sprinted” on the exercise bike at the gym by pedaling as hard as I could for 60 sections every 5-10 minutes or so.  I’m really looking forward to better weather, so I can get outside and really get my heart going.  I’m too scared to try sprinting on the treadmill – getting the treadmill to go faster is no problem, but getting it to slow down when I’m running super fast – disaster.

For lunch Tim and I ate at Bent River.  We both had today off, so we celebrated a little bit.  I got a beer to see how it felt.  It felt alright.  It did taste a little sweeter than usual – again, maybe my taste buds have changed over this past week.  For food I got the Wisconsin Pub Burger, which consists of a hamburger topped by, oh yeah, a brat.  Of course I pulled off the bun and proceeded to make a “salad” of the burger, brat, sauerkraut, and coleslaw.  I’m sure it wasn’t the healthiest meal in the ‘verse, but it was tasty, and it kept me full until 7PM.

After lunch we did our monster grocery shopping trips to Hy Vee and Target and stocked up on veggies, nuts, and meat.  The grocery bill at HyVee was $75, which seemed like a lot for 3 bags of groceries, but they should feed us for a week.  And our meal at Bent River was $26 (with a coupon), and that only fed us one meal.

Once we returned home, Tim combined Nappa cabbage, regular cabbage, radishes, ginger, and peppers together in a glass jar to make some kimchi.  Should be ready in a couple of weeks.  If you want to see a picture, check out the link to the right, My Instagram Feed.

I had put an arm roast in the Nesco roaster at 11 this morning.  We had a little wine leftover from Friday, so I added that to the pot instead of water.  By the time we got home around 4 or 5, it was already well-done.  It tasted good, but I think I’m already starting to get roasted out.  All the roasts have this same sweetish smell to them that’s starting to get to me.  I’m planning on making some chicken in the roaster later this week.  Hopefully it won’t have that same sweet smell.

We had a late supper of a huge salad (romaine, radicchio, radishes, avocado, green & yellow peppers, and mushrooms) with chunks of the roast cut up into the salad.  I bought some olive oil from the farmer’s market on Saturday.  It’s from  I drizzled that and some apple cider vinegar over the salad.  It was quite tasty.

So tomorrow I should do another weigh-in.  I haven’t been following the diet this weekend as assiduously as I had planned, so I am just hoping for the best tomorrow.  If I haven’t gained,  I will be happy.  I am feeling really good – very energetic and positive.  Hopefully I will feel so amazing by the end of this 21 days that no one will be able to resist my proselytizing, and I will be able to convince my parents and Tim to join the fold.

And now it’s time to go to bed.  What a busy, busy. day.  How is it that 3-day weekends go by even faster than 2-day weekends!!

Primal Day 6 and Day 7

I went to the party last night with the best of intentions.  I was going to eat primally and have, at the most, 2 glasses of red wine.

My good intentions were not enough to prevent a hangover today, unfortunately.  I drank more than I intended, partially out of an over-developed sense of not being wasteful (e.g. it would be wasteful to not use a free drink ticket), and by fault of being too nice.  Someone bought me a dirty martini, which I really did not want, but I felt obligated by their generosity to drink it.  I wish I hadn’t.  All day today I wish I hadn’t.

Food-wise, I did better.  At the party I ate a coconut chicken skewer and 1/2 a plate of shrimp stir fry (no rice, of course).  Once we got home, I snacked on pistachios.

Today, since I was not feeling the best, we did not do a whole heck of a lot.  We started off the day with a good primal breakfast – bacon, over easy eggs and a couple of left-over coconut flour pancakes.  Tim was not a fan of the pancakes, but I kinda liked them.  I would make them again, at least.

For lunch we headed to La Rancherita, a local Mexican joint.  I ordered the chicken fajitas and a side order of guacomole.  I was disappointed in the fajitas – they were super sweet.  Maybe I am more sensitive to sugar since I haven’t been eating much of it, but Tim thought they were really sweet too.  Between the mediocre food and the cash-only policy (and the in-store ATM that charges you a $1 in fees), Tim and I have now written La Rancherita off.  If we want good Mexican food in the Quad Cities, we are going to have to make it ourselves.  We’re going to have to open our own restaurant one of these days. Sleepy Chihuahua, here we come!  I’m sure I could concoct some delicious primal Mexican meals.

After lunch we retired to the house for a little nappy-poo, and then we headed to Monticello to visit the folks.  We stopped at HyVee on our way to pick up some groceries – Amana ground beef, an organic salad, yellow and green peppers, and avocado.

At Mom and Dad’s I watched Mom, Dad, and Tim eat a whole loaf of delicious-smelling, airy fresh-out-of-the-oven bread and oatmeal, banana, walnut, chocolate chunk cookies while I again filled up on pistachios.  On Day 7 the book says you can eat a non-primal favorite (as long as you think seriously about it and how it makes you feel), but I figured I used up all my free passes last night, so I refrained.

After the snack I fried up the hamburgers and made a salad with the aforementioned veggies – dousing it all with salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  It was super delicious.

We finished out the evening by playing 500 (Dad & Tim beat Mom & me.  If Iwasn’t short a few brain cells from Satruday night, that never would have happened).

One good thing did come out of drinking last night.  My allergies all night were horrible.  I realized that my allergies seem to be exacerbated by alcohol.  I’m going to have to test this out over the next week.  If I was really able to find the cause of my evening/morning allergies, that would be awesome.

Primal Day 5

Heather Fail.  I didn’t make a post last night.  The evening just kind of got away from me, all sneaky like.  Next thing I know, Tim’s falling asleep while watching Star Trek TNG, and it’s time to hit the sack.

Breakfast was the usual.  I got kind of lazy and didn’t want to dirty a bowl, so I dropped 2 eggs right into the sautéed spinach, leeks, and onions, and then scrambled them together in the frying pan.  It wasn’t as tasty as doing a real omelette, but it will do in a pinch.

I met a few friends for lunch at Granite City.  Of course they mocked my new healthy habits. I told them that it will be I who has the last laugh, when I’m all toned and healthy, and they are still pasty and pudgy.  Well, I didn’t call them pasty and pudgy, but I should have for making fun of me.  ANYWAY, I got the Bruschetta salad with no bread (the bread is the tastiest part of the salad – thin slices of French bread, spread with butter and toasted cheese.  Sigh).   The salad had greens (of course), olives, feta, onions and chicken.  It was really tasty.  It came with a free soup, which caught me off guard, so I ordered the clam chowder.  It was creamy, rich, and delicious.  I basically just dunked my spoon in and licked it off, I did end up accidentally eating one of the potatoes in it.  Plus, I probably ate a good amount of cornstarch.  But it was soooo tasty.

For a snack, again I had a couple of kiwi (I just remembered that I left one on my desk at work.  Hope it doesn’t get too disgusting over this 3-day weekend…) with macademia nuts.  With not eating a lot of sugar, they seem soooo sweet to me.  They are organic, so they shouldn’t be modified to be sweeter.  Well, I guess they could be bred to be sweeter.  Anyway, I think I’ll stay away from kiwi for now – makes me all phlegmy.

For supper, I basically cleaned out the cupboards and fridge and threw everything into a stew pot – the rest of the arm roast with bone and broth, 1/2 a head of cabbage, some leeks, onions, celery, a can of chicken broth, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, 4 gloves of crushed garlic, garlic power, a little thyme, a little basil, salt, pepper, and you got yourself a stew!  Tim and I both added a little Tabasco to our bowls, and it was pretty good for a kitchen-remnant stew!

Since it’s Friday night, I did enjoy a glass of wine – Tim picked up a Tempranillo from HyVee.  I restrained myself to one glass.  It was very nice.  It helped calm my mind down before bed-time.

My allergies since Monday had been fantastic – until last night.  My eyes were itchy, I started sneezing a lot, and the roof my mouth got all itchy.  Was it the wine?  All those tomatoes?  I don’t know, but I don’t like it.  I’ll have to see how today goes.  I will probably be drinking more wine (our company party is tonight), and I’ll eat some of the leftover stew.  So maybe I’ll have to see how tomorrow goes instead.

This morning for breakfast I am going to make pancakes with coconut flour.  Tim is going  to get us some bacon and berries from HyVee.  I can’t wait. After that I’ll have to make a trip back to the Farmer’s Market to restock on eggs and grass-fed meat.

I woke up this morning from a fevered dream about shopping at Sephora. I had stopped really quick over my lunch hour, to search for just a few things.  Of course, they didn’t have any of the things I wanted, the store was all disorganized, and the stuff I did find, I kept losing somehow or realized after I had in my hand for awhile that it had already been opened and used.  It was a bad, bad dream.  So I woke up and came out to our frigid living room and wrote a blog post.

So that’s the story for yesterday and a little bit of this morning.  Hopefully I can stay pretty much on the wagon today, despite this party tonight.

Primal Day 4

See now, doesn’t that look delicious?! It was delicious.  I couldn’t eat it all, though.  I think that eating primally has made my stomach smaller, which is yet another good thing I’ve experienced on this ‘”diet” in the four days I’ve been on it.

For lunch today, I had to get creative, as I went out to Azteca with my boss and our friend, Gus.  I ordered fajitas with chicken and steak.  I topped it with the lettuce & guacamole and left the rice, beans, and tortillas untouched.  Next time I’ll have to tell them to not even bring those things out.  Even though I only ate 1/3 of the food proffered, I was still full at the end of lunch.

For a snack I ate two kiwi, which from all accounts is a magic superfood, and a few macademia nuts to mellow out the sugar rush.

Marta and I were going a little stir crazy on account of the bad weather preventing us from taking our morning and afternoon walks, so instead we hit the stairs and did 5 loops from the east stairwell, down through the main floor atrium, and up the west stairwell.  We got a few queer looks, but it will be we who have the last laugh – what with our healthy bodies and toned calves and whatnot.

After our stairwell trek, we got back down to business, which this afternoon consisted of planning a bake sale fundraiser for our Junior Achievement bowling team.  It’s going to be a doozie of a bake sale.  One of our teammates makes these awesome gourmet cupcakes.  Once the cupcakes even had an Oreo in the bottom of it!  It was a delightful surprise.  Of course I won’t be able to eat any of them, but I can sure sell the heck out of them.  I will be making my world famous (at least family & work famous) chocolate chip cookies, and I’ll also be selling my hand-made crocheted coozies for $5.  The lighting in here sucks right now, but you get the idea.

They are delightful.  Hopefully people will buy them and give me tons of orders for more, so I can quit my job and start crocheting coozies for $10 an hour.

If you care to make a donation to my team, you can do it online here.  We need to raise at least $300, and we’re about 1/2 way there.  I have a feeling that our awesome bake sale will raise like $40.

Okay, I’m back from that tangent.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was going to cook a roast today.  And I did!  It didn’t turn out half-bad.  It may have been slightly overcooked, but it was still tasty.  I re-heated the leftover brussel sprouts from yesterday and steamed a head of broccoli.   It was a very good meal.  I may have to resort to have some chocolate for dessert tonight, though, because Tim is torturing me by making cookies.  I will have to substitute.

On to another tangent, it snowed today!  Look at poor Lucent.

And finally, in regards to exercise.  I was supposed to do 20 to 60 minutes of cardio today, but, well, it snowed, and I didn’t want to go to the gym.  So there.

Primal Day 3

Today overall was good.  Had another omelette for breakfast and a big-ass salad for lunch.  I got snacky this afternoon and discovered a delicious treat – celery with macademia nuts.  Take a bite of celery, a piece of macademia, and chew together.  Delicious.  I also had wwwwaaayyyy too many pumpkin seeds.  They were so salty and delicious.  I ate too many.

For supper I tried a recipe from the Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals – sautéed brussel sprouts with pork chops.  I’ve never made brussel sprouts before, but I was willing to try it.  In this recipe, you shred the brussel sprouts in a food processor.  All shredded they look like this:

It makes a mess, but it’s done in a jiffy.  You warm up 1/4 cup of olive oil in a pan, and sautee the sprouts until they start to turn brown.

While those were cooking, I rubbed some pork chops with Spike and then cooked them in some olive oil in a cast iron skillet.  Tim made brown rice to carb it up, but I didn’t partake. By the time the meal was cooked, the kitchen was disaster.  Tim is cleaning it up right now, sweetie pie that he is.

The meal was absolutely delicious.  The brussel sprouts were kind of sweet – tasted like delicate cabbage.  I’ll definitely make that again.  They paired well with the pork chops too.  The pork chops were not grass-fed.  I haven’t found any grass-fed pork locally yet.  Might have to order some on the internet.

Tomorrow I am making a grass-fed arm roast.  I’m already looking forward to it.

The challenge today dictated a “Full length PEM workout.”  That means that I should do 2 sets of the following: 25 pushups, 5 pullups, 2 minutes plank, and 50 squats.  Fortunately Mark recommends “progressions” of these exercises for those who, like me, cannot even do one real push up (yet).  So I did 30 wall push ups, 0 pulls ups (we ordered a Power Tower from Amazon, but it’s not here yet), 1 minute planks and 50 wall squats.  For the 2nd set, I did about 1/2 of everything.  It was exhausting, especially with my legs being super sore from running yesterday.

But I have good news – it’s not all pain – I weighed in at 145.9 today!  Three pounds lighter than Monday.  The large variance is probably due to water weight, but I’ll take it!

So we’re supposed to finally get a few inches of snow over the next couple of days.  I think it’s about time, but I will definitely miss the 50 degree weather.  I’ll have to go back to working out in  a stuffy old gym.  Bah.

My energy level today was not as good as yesterday.  I didn’t sleep well last night, so that could be it.  Maybe my body is adjusting to the lack of carbs.  We’ll see how the rest of the week pans out.

So, take care, and go out in play in the snow tomorrow, if we really get some!

Primal Day 2

As promised, I will not bore you with pictures and extensive details of everything I ate today.  Here are the quick highlights.

  • I didn’t weigh myself this morning.  See,  I didn’t take a shower this morning, and I only weigh myself before I’ve eaten anything and when I’m nekked.  I don’t want clothing to tip the scales at all.  So, no shower, no weigh-in.
  • For breakfast I ate a super delicious omelet of sautéed (in coconut oil) leeks, spinach, and onions, with 1/4 an avocado.  For those of you who think I mis-spelled “omelet” I direct you to Wikipedia, which says you can spell it “omelet” OR “omelette.”  Tim and I just had a 5 minute discussion about it.  But, I’m off topic.  After breakfast I felt, to borrow a phrase from my brother, Nate, “amazing.”  I had a ton of energy and felt as if I could take on the world.  The sky was prettier, Lucent was cuter, the air was sweeter.  You know – all sorts of good stuff.  My general mood and feeling of well-being could have been enhanced by my visit to my chiropractor last night, admittedly.  She uses the Lifeline Technique, which to quote her website is, “An amazing tool that taps into our subconscious mind to find the causes behind symptoms and unlocks the mysteries to your health’s unanswered questions.”  It sounds a little far out, but it really works for me.  It’s good for what ails ya.  Or me, at least.  OK, back to primal.
  • Lunch was complicated today.  I attended a Chamber luncheon function, which fortunately consisted of salad and then the fixings for sandwiches. I got some salad and a couple slices of roast beef, a pickle, and a tomato slice.  As we were already the first ones in line, I didn’t want to look ultra-greedy, so I took a very modest amount.  It did not fill me up.  So I was snacky this afternoon, but I only ate pumpkin seeds and macademia nuts.
  • That late afternoon snack really energized me.  I took advantage of our 50+ degree weather and went for a walk after work.  I intended to just walk, but once I hit the bike path, I was all like, “Hey, let’s jog.  Why not?”  And I ended up running for 2 miles!  Albeit at a very slow pace.  But, I haven’t jogged since, I don’t know, early November, maybe?  I felt as if I could have gone another mile, but at 5:15, the darkness was already settling in, so I headed home. It was so beautiful being out at that time, though, as dusk was settling in, the sky turning orange and coral and mauve.  So beautiful and peaceful.  Almost peaceful enough to forget that the atomic clock got moved forward a minute.  Sad face.
  • As I mentioned yesterday, I forgot to take meat out of the freezer in time, so we didn’t really have a good entree.  Tim ended up making a monster salad, and I sautéed spinach, celery, leeks, onions and broccoli in coconut oil, and then tried my hand at another omelette (I spelled it the other way, just for you).  It seems like such an easy thing to make, but it was giving me fits.  The eggs got cooked eventually, but it wasn’t pretty.    It was an OK omelet, not as good as this morning’s though.  Maybe too many ingredients?  Too busy?  The broccoli had no place in that omelette, really.   Seems so obvious now.
  • For an after-dinner dessert, I had a small square of a Green & Black Organic 85% dark chocolate bar.  Yes, the bar cost almost $4, which the clerk at HyVee was gracious enough to point out when we commented on ample size of our bill.

And that brings us to right now.  I am drinking tea and writing in my blog.  Oh, we watched an episode of Lost too.  What in the heck is going on in that show?!

Mark Sisson recommends adjusting your schedule to the sun’s natural rythms – wake up when the sun comes out and go to bed, or at least wind down (no digital stimulation) after dark – use candles if possible or yellow bug lights or dimmer switches.  It’s obvious he lives in California, because if I tried that in Iowa, I would be getting up at 7:28AM and going to bed at 4:51PM (thank you to Tim for the exact sunrise & sunset times).  That’s not really feasible to me.  I may try the yellow lights in our lamps and see how that goes.

So, Day 2 is behind me.  Only 19 more to go!  One of my friends at work has promised to bring me in some deer meat, so you get to look forward to my review of that.  Bet you can’t wait.

Primal Day 1

I started out the day in a depressing fashion, by taking my weights and measures.  Ugh.  My weekend of debauchery (aka eating pizza and pasta and drinking beer) definitely took its toll.  I weighed in this morning at 149.3, which is higher than I have been in at least a year.  I’m hoping it was mostly water weight, and I’ll be back down to 147ish, which is where I’ve been hovering lately.  And for the measures – 36-31-43.  Sigh.  I have my work cut out for me!

Breakfast!  I sauteed cabbage & Swiss chard in coconut oil, fried 2 eggs over-easy, and added some avocado.

Lunch!  I made a delicious salad of organic herbs and greens, with green peppers, avocado, walnuts, sardines, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

For supper I made what was essentially a taco salad.  I cooked up a pound of grass-fed meat, adding home-made taco seasoning and used it to top off a salad of romaine hearts, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and avocado.  I have to say, it was not my favorite meal.  I think I broke up the hamburger into pieces that were too small – kinda got lost in the shuffle.

So, the day in retrospect – My stomach felt good.  My energy was good all day.  I didn’t get hungry between meals really.  After lunch I got snacky, but that was more psychological than pysiological.  I ate some pumpkin seeds, and they were delicious.  In my limited experience eating primally off and on over the past month or so, adding good fat to a meal really does make it last longer.  I used to always eat oatmeal mixed with raisins and cinnamon for breakfast, and I was always hungry by 8:30AM.  For exercise, Marta and I took two walks around the bank, and I took a walk around the block over lunch.  I am wicked sore from doing planks & squats yesterday.  Ouch.

I think it’s going to be a struggle to plan ahead and to have the right groceries in stock.  Already, after Day 1, I’m a little screwed.  I didn’t take anything out of the freezer yesterday, so I’ll probably need to go to the store for some meat tomorrow.  Also, I wanted to make cabbage pesto slaw.  I got half the ingredients, but the recipe called for 4 cups of basil, which would cost like $12 at HyVee.  So I have cabbage but no pesto.  Have to figure that out.

I’m sure this will get easier eventually.  Hopefully.  As for tracking the progress on the blog daily, I’m going to have to reconsider that – at least reconsider the level of detail.  I’m already bored just writing about 3 meals.  No one is going to want to read that everyday.  So, going forward, I’ll just hit the highlights.

Day 1 down, 20 to go!


Starting Monday I am doing the 21-Day Primal Challenge.  Basically that means no grains, legumes,  peas, corn, or beer.  I’ll be eating mostly grass-fed meat and organic veggies, with some nuts, seeds, and fruits to fill out the day.  I’ll be doing pull-ups, planks, squats, and push-ups plus non-chronic cardio.  For 21 days.

Why am I doing this?  My health is good, by all standard measurements.  But I’m scared by the random arthritic twinges, the size 10 jeans that are starting to feel a little snug, the constant allergic reactions to *something* every evening and morning. I’m hoping that by eating a diet of chemical-free veggies and meat, I’ll be able to overcome some of the maladies I feel onsetting me and stave off others by which I have yet to be afflicted.

I figured I can try this for 21 days, and if I don’t feel better, I can go back to my old ways, no harm, no foul.  But, if I do feel better, healthier, more vibrant, more energetic, then thank God.  And if my pants fit better as well, so be it.  Man, do I ever hate tight pants.

So my blog is going to become a record of this challenge for the next 21 days. I expect to post pictures of my delicious, primal meals, along with a quick synopsis of my overall health/wellness for the day.  Admittedly, this may be boring to many readers, and for that I apologize. However, being a weak, easily-distracted girl of almost 35, I need the added  inducement of being held accountable for my resolutions by the 6-10 people who read this blog.  So, thank you, and I’m sorry.

If you think that I am taking advantage of this weekend before the new eating plan starts to drink beer, eat pizza, and to otherwise enjoy all sorts of unhealthy behavior, you would be entirely correct.

Take care, and I’ll see you tomorrow when I plan to post pre-primal stats.  Hopefully in 3 weeks, I will be healthier, happier, more focused, and more energetic.

If you are interested in the primal “movement” and what it all means, check out these sites:

4.5 Day Weekend

Ah, weekends.  Long weekends.  They are the best.  I took off last Thursday at 11:30 and didn’t return until this morning.  We toyed with the idea of going somewhere and doing something with the extended time off, but we ended up staying pretty close to home and just chilling.

We went to Iowa City on Friday, ate some deeeeeelicious falafel from Oasis Falafel, got a couple of pints at Deadwood, looked at Dick Blick wistfully, as is my wont, and then came home.

We ate, we drank, I beat the pants off Tim at Scrabble. We made good food – good kimchi, good cookies, tasty pork roast, etc.  We watched some movies, slept in until 7 or 8 each day, went to the gym a few times.  Just enjoyed the time off and eachother, basically.

It’s so rare to be able to just spend time at home.  I always feel like we should be out DOING something.  Going somewhere, meeting people, making an effort.  Sometimes it’s just nice to veg out for a few days and enjoy our little house and our little dog.

When I came home for lunch today, I realized that I was a little homesick already.  Tim and I are already pretty dedicated homebodies, which is something we need to keep an eye on, but for 4.5 days, it was nice to just give in and be cozy.