Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

The latest

It’s been a whirlwind two weeks. I have been meaning to come on here but with everything that’s been going on something had to give.😦

2 weeks ago, my Aunt from MD was passing through on her way home from visiting my Grandfather in Antigua. Since her 50th birthday was last weekend, her older sister (also my Aunt ;)) decided to throw her a impromptu birthday lunch. It was a great event except for the huge shock I got walking into my Aunt’s house and seeing her head tied up with a scarf as she has no hair.

My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, just before her trip to Antigua to help my Grandmother since my Grandfather had fallen and broken his hip. In between this trip and the one in May for my Grandmother’s funeral, my Aunt had a lumpectomy. Initially her diagnosis was good and it still is but her doctors have prescribed 4 rounds of chemo. When I saw her, she was at the half way point.

I had no idea. My Aunt thought either one of her daughters or my Dad would have told me. I spent the entire visit watching my Aunt. I was in shock.

2.5 weeks ago the father of one of my good friends suddenly passed away. He had a heart attack at work and just like that he was gone. She has not been dealing well with it at all. Yesterday was the funeral and it was hard.

With all of this, I have still managed to work out 6 days a week for the past 3 weeks.🙂 Hence why this blog has been quiet.

Life is slowly returning to “normal”.

I started a cult

I went to work yesterday raving about jumping on the zoodles bandwagon and my roomie went to get this one on sale from the local kitchen supply store.

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Well she came to work today raving about how awesome the zoodles are. She cooked 4 big zucchinis to feed her daughter and son’s girlfriend and had no leftovers.

She went back to the store today to buy 6 more!!! 4 other coworkers wanted in on the $5 deal. And she picked up one for her aunt and son’s girlfriend.

I’m shocked at how many of my coworkers thought this was a great idea.

If ever I doubted the power of personal recommendations, this experience would have changed my mind.

Zoodles

I have joined the zoodles cult bandwagon.

I was wandering through Winners when I came across this little spiralizer and figured it was $3. What’s the worst that could happen?

spiralizer

It’s like a pencil sharpener for vegetables! LOL

hand held spiralizer

Last night I finally took it out of the packaging, washed it and tried it out. I used a whole zucchini which I then sautéed in oil with some salt and pepper. I also browned some ground beef with fresh and frozen vegetables.

I put the zucchini in my bowl first like spaghetti. Added the meat and some hot sauce and was in heaven.

I enjoyed it so much that I sautéed a second zucchini to take to work for lunch today.

My only complaint is cleaning this thing is a pain.

I have carrots as well, which I will be trying out later this week.

Not bad for $3.🙂

 

My youngest, Diva, has agreed to babysit her younger sister for the month of August so she has been staying at her father’s house since the beginning of the month.

She is the one who has been gunning to move out. I’m okay with her moving as her only option at this time is her father’s house. I can’t be the only one to have all the “fun”.😉 She was not on board before now. Maybe this month will change her mind.

Granted he does not live close enough to her current school that it would make sense to move now. Given this is her last year of high school, she should stay put.

It’s been an interesting time without her. Princess has stepped up a little. She is still slow (by my standards) to react to my requests but it’s getting better. My major complaint was the dish drainer which she is now emptying without any nagging.🙂 A win in my book.

I miss my little one as she is the one most likely to go for a walk with me which is very nice as we got one on one time and I heard all about her day. I text her now but it’s not the same.😦

I saw her yesterday when I picked her up from work to bring her home so she could change and then she was gone again.

I’m glad Diva is getting this time with her father’s side of the family. I gently poked Princess to do the same but she was not having it. Guess she was telling the truth when she said she’s not leaving me. *sigh*

Rude Awakening

Last week I attempted to put on my fat jeans right out of the dryer … It was a struggle.😦

Monday I stepped on the scale. This confirmed what I feared, but knew was true. I have put on some weight. I feel it in my clothes.

Thursday I stepped on the scale again. Apparently I am a glutton for punishment. I was up 2 more pounds. 😭

So I am going back to tracking everything that goes into my mouth … starting tomorrow.😉

the firm

I did the first video on this DVD on Saturday and I am still feeling it. The workout took me 30 minutes to complete as I stopped often. I will be doing these exercises every other day until I can do them straight through.

Now to convince myself to get up in the morning and get it done and out of the way.

 

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I’m in the green!!

Or is it in the black?? Either way I am under budget!!🙂

I went over in 2 areas:

  • bus fare as Princess lost her bus pass and ran out of money – I felt sorry for her so I bought her 2 strips of tickets so she could get to her last week of summer school
  • groceries by $6.51 as I had an unplanned trip to the grocery store and brought Diva along …

I was on point or under in the rest of my spending so I came in under budget by $268.🙂 Mind you my gas tank is close to empty as for some reason I only filled up once this month which is not the norm.

A giant thank you to Sharon who had the idea to do this no spend challenge. While I did turn into a bit of a hermit I didn’t feel deprived.

I have just under $30 left in my eating out pot … Hmmm what to do for dinner???

Work drama

They let the newest hire go yesterday and since then the crazy has become more evident.

It was around midday and we were called into a meeting in another part of the building so she could get her stuff and go.

During the conversation between this employee, the VP & my manager, the employee became incredibly loud and emotional. She was rambling on and on and the person who sits outside the conference room got an earful. She had to be escorted out of the building.

Since her departure, she has called my manager 6 times, sent her 10 text messages, emailed 2 coworkers 3 times and texted 1 coworker twice. Repeating over and over again how much she has been betrayed by my manager and my personal favourite “I did nothing wrong to get this type of treatment”.

What the what???O_o

We’ve been instructed to not respond if she does contact us and to pass all correspondence to my manager.

It is very alarming how unstable she is. So much so we are in talks to change the entrance code to our building.

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