August 9th, 2001

crane

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Mmmm... rainy day... it's actually raining non-stop and it's only in the mid 70's. So nice...

My wrist is mildly better, which is good. The icing really helped even on the really busy day, and we didn't go in with it. It's getting gradually better as I don't kill it, funny that.

Jet's having a really good week, didn't wake up until 4 last night. I had to get up at 2 to pump and actually got 6.5 ounces!!! For those who followed the breast feeding saga, that is a known high, and quite different from the first several months when I was sometimes lucky to get a tablespoon of milk from a fifteen minute pumping. Jet only ate 4 before passing out, so we have some for the feeding tonight.

Work's good. Another three hours of meetings today, four hours of them yesterday, plus untold tasks, but I'm getting the hang of it. Realized today that half time really helps my mental state as well as my hands. After my half time I'm just done. That's it. Putting the hour cap on what I can do means I plan for more some other day, and I don't kill myself. Quite different than when I was full time, and I'm very glad of it, now. I can play with Jet, cook, or even just play without any guilt whatsoever. I don't know how I made the transition to this, but it's very nice.

In my one on one, I asked Bill what I'd do with my extra hours this week, and we're planning on me tracking it and letting him know if it gets out of hand and then we'll actually plan on me taking some time off. This is good.

<falls over laughing> A phone solicitor asked if my mom and dad was home. "No." <hang up> I love doing that...
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Crisp crusted French style bread with just a hint of the nuttiness and chewiness of whole wheat flour, sliced thick with just a sheen of butter on the surface. Dipped into a thick soup of carrots, celery, onions, sweet pepper, red potatoes, chicken and crisp, sweet, fresh corn all seasoned with salt, four peppers, a pinch of cayenne, plenty of chicken stock, and a half a handful of dried parsley. All the vegetables were cooked al dente, still firm enough to give good bite, but not crunchy.

Since it was so cool I settled down and really cooked something that took a while on the stove and in a fairly hot oven. It's been quite a while since I did that. Soup and bread, the simplest of meals. The soup was actually mostly from leftovers and vegetables from the farmer's market that was only going to go bad if I left them too much longer. The bread took ten minutes of work while Jet napped and then another ten minutes while he was playing. I'm still amazed at what just flour, water, and a bit of yeast can do. It was so good right out of the oven. And the neatest thing was that the majority of all this was vegetable or grain and very little fat or meat.

I've decided that two dinners a week get to be 'healthy' things, with more vegetables in our diet and just plain less fat and salt and stuff. It'll, hopefully, help expand my repertoire of more healthy, whole foods. That may help change our eating habits in the longer run to stuff we can run longer with. This was quite the success, so I'm encouraged.