... but haven't had time write or take any pictures or do much of anything online. But I will soon! Now that the garden is subsiding I will be freed up much more over the weekend and that's when I'll be doing updates here once again. I have hair stuff to talk about, Mike's and my plans to talk about, the new chicken run to post pictures of and just all kinds of topics to rattle on about. Life is super busy but I'm feeling fine. Going back to work, believe it or not, has actually been kinda fun. I never would have thought it, but there you go. And autumn is here... my favorite time of the year! I bought two pairs of knee boots and am gearing up to make myself a sweater of my own design. Though I loved wearing jeans and t-shirts every day when I wasn't working, I must admit that I also love dressing up some. So life is better balanced right now I think - on several levels.
That is how much I weigh now and here is the most recent picture of me:
I'm 5'10"! My doctor told me over six months ago when I weighed 157 (and feeling good at that weight) that I should lose 10 pounds because diabetes runs in my family and extra fat (even though I was nowhere statistically overweight) can cause hormonal changes that can lead to problems. That's when I stopped eating sugar, grains and other foods that quickly turn to sugar in the system.
I saw her two weeks ago and she said I'd lost 20 pounds instead of 10. The thing is... I eat whenever I want and am never hungry. I weighed yesterday since I was feeling even thinner and I'd lost two more pounds. I don't want to lose any more weight! My booty is all but gone and I've had to take most of my work pants to a tailor to have her make them small enough to fit me; they were really bagging around my butt.
If anyone reading this wants to lose weight, it's very easy! At least it was for me... just stop eating all grains, legumes, white potatoes and sugar. I also eat very little dairy, but that's just my preference.
I'm not emaciated or anything, but I feel more myself a few pounds heavier. My doctor said the weight loss was good for me, so didn't suggest putting any back on. I seriously need to do some weight lifting again; that will bulk me up in a good way.
Other updates... work is going great, the garden is still hanging in there and today feels like a hint of autumn... crystal clear blue skies, 75 degrees and breezy. The leaves will be turning soon and the mountains will look like they're on fire with color. Soon we're going to drive a little farther north and get a bunch of apples 'cause it's apple butter making time!
First off, I'm back online at home! I've got so much catching up to do that I won't get it all done today that's for sure. But I'll touch base on a few things. I'll be able to respond to emails by next weekend I'm hoping; I just don't have time these days to write during the week.
Also, I've been working for a whole month now and have gotten into the new flow of things. My drive isn't nearly as bad as it was when we first moved here and I was working, so that's a relief. But I still have to get up early - 4:30 - just to avoid commuter traffic. But that gets me to work before the bad traffic hits so the drive is a breeze and I get to the office early enough where I have quite a bit of time to myself before the official work day starts at 7:30.
I brought all my work clothes out of storage and it was like Christmas rediscovering everything; most of which I'd totally forgotten about. Now I'm all organized and I must admit that I don't mind not wearing jeans and t-shirts all the time. It's fun to dress up again; I even bought some new knee boots last week for winter. And I'm trying some new updos thanks to JenW mentioning Torrin Paige's wonderful videos.
When I first started looking for a job, I was quite dubious about finding one because of hearing about how difficult it would be. But I interviewed for two and was hired the next day after the second interview and started working five days later! I was also worried that I'd have to work in retail or some other industry that I'd not enjoy, but found an IT company and fit right in there... beautiful offices, lots of perks and friendly people. So the job is great.
Would I rather not be working? I don't even know at this point. I like contributing financially to Mike's and my goals and with the way it is here where we live, our main goal now is to get out however we can. So, our plan is to pay off our mortgage as quickly as possible, sell our place and then find a more progressive and friendly place to live. We might not even stay in the US... we sure like the looks of Toronto and a few other places. But that is all off in the future a few years, so I imagine I'll be working awhile just to reach our goal. We're both very unhappy in this backwards place - so why stay here? Now that we have our goal mapped out, at least we have hope again!
An example of how messed up it is here: Mike had to go buy a gun for protection. The restraining order on his ex mechanic - the one who still wants to put Mike out of business - ran out a couple of weeks ago and Mike has seen him drive by his shop a few times. And there are so many people around here who used to be on meth or are still on it who are so volatile that Mike has been attacked several times. It's totally insane. He had to get a gun to protect himself. Isn't that a sad commentary on where we live? (And, even sadder, this isn't the only place in this country like this.)
I'd really like to live somewhere where I could have an intelligent and reasonable conversation about current events without people resorting to name-calling and reciting "facts" that simply aren't. Is that too much to ask? Do any of you live in places that are more progressive and not so backwards? And not too expensive to live in (i.e., San Francisco).
And yes, we still have our chickens. My little buddies. In fact, we're building them a more secure run now that I'm not around during the day. They're going through their first molt and are looking a little raggedy.
And the garden is still producing a lot - really more than I want to deal with at the moment. The weeds are taking over, but I don't have the time to deal with maintenance anymore. Here are the peppers I picked day before yesterday just before I cut most of them up and froze them:
It's rained a bit lately and I couldn't get down to the garden to pick anything and when I did, most of the okra was honkin' huge. Very cool looking, but you just can't eat them when they get that big because they're too tough.
Our little blue jay finally took off. I miss him; he was so much fun. One day when we got home from being gone most of the day, he flew down to the car as soon we pulled up and then got on top of my head while I walked up to the deck. And another day Mike and I were sitting on the couch right in front of French doors and he was on the other side of the door closest to me flapping his wings and insisting I come outside and feed him. He was a lot of fun. I don't think the cats got him because I looked high and low and couldn't find any tell-tale feathers scattered anywhere. I hope he finally joined the blue jays that are always flying around here... maybe he got a girlfriend?
So that's a bit of an update. Mike and I are doing fine because we now have an exit strategy. With hope and perserverance we'll tackle this latest hurdle. And, as they say... never surrender.
Life is an adventure and you ever know what's around the next corner. If you think you do, you usually get slapped hard in the face. Ha!