First – let me just say thanks for your comments & concern about the dogs. Both are doing well. The bro-in-law’s dog is now missing a tiny piece of his ear (permanently), but this was the only flesh wound above just scrapes and scratches, so all things considered – we were very lucky.
do you see the little knick on the very lower left corner of his ear?
let me get a better shot!
There we go. Ouch – looks painful!
We have taken my dog to a friends’ house so I wouldn’t have to worry about these two being together. It’s a scary situation, but it’s over now.
And can you believe how fast time is flying??? It’s basically Christmas – and then it’s basically New Years – so that makes now basically January, right?
Since I recently made some goals and I know the rest of the month flies by, I wanted to have a check-up and see how I’m doing & what needs improvement.
1. Take more photos for the blog. Verdict = 1/2 Success
I started the month strong, but since coming back to Texas I haven’t been doing great. Okay, lets be honest – the whole fam doesn’t know about the food blog thing so I’m kinda nervous about….ripping the band-aid off? I dunno. Seems like a bad analogy, but that’s kinda how it feels
2. Take some time for myself, family, and friends. Verdict = 1/2 Success
Okay – well I’ve done basically nothing for myself, I’ve spent an “okay” amount of time with friends (not none, but not a ton), but now that we’re back home, we’re basically with family 24 hours, so we’re doing good on that
3. Continue workouts at least 5 times a week. Verdict = Success!!!
Woo hoo – still going strong (and actually sticking to my workout schedule)
4. Make healthy food choices…..85% of the time. Verdict = 1/2 Success???
I don’t know. I’ve had good stretches and bad stretches, but if I had to put it into percentages, I feel like I’m only being “good” about maybe 65-70% of the time. I’ve had a lot of Christmas cookies and hot chocolates lately. I like to allow myself some indulgences, but I feel like I could probably stand to be a little bit more selective in what I
shovel in my mouth eat.
5. Buy and make cheap, but thoughtful and creative Christmas gifts. Verdict = total FAIL
Okay – the only presents I’ve bought so far came from Trader Joes (what? There’s not one near Austin & I want my fam to know what they’re missing out on! Hello peppermint hot chocolate, popcorn tin, and eggnog cookies for my Mom, bro-in-law, and bro, respectively)
Otherwise, I haven’t “made” a single gift. Instead I’ve bought crap. And for most people, I haven’t actually even bought anything yet.
So.. blah! Doesn’t look like I’ve been doing to well! I guess when you spread yourself too thin you don’t get any 1 thing accomplished 100%. Plus I’ve been giving a lot of time and attention to school-related matters still.
I hadn’t even realized, but it’s kind of been a stressful & working vacation thus far! Hopefully that changes, at least for X-mas Eve/X-mas Day!? Hopefully? What can ya do?
Today I’ve spent all morning working on school stuff. I feel so behind. It’s not a fun feeling around the holidays when I just want to be relaxing, hanging with friends, and enjoying my family.
I snuck in a banana for breakfast
and leftover Chuys for lunch
chicken taquitos (they’ve got chicken, green chilis, and spices inside the tortilla. wrapped up & lightly fried). Served with a salad and hand-full of carrots.
Oh yeah, and this stuff:
This is Chuy’s famous Creamy Crack….I mean Jap. It’s actual name is “creamy jalapeno”, but if you have ever been to a Chuys (they’re just in Texas right now, but have plans of expansion to Louisiana and across the SE US), you’ve probably heard of this thick, delicious white stuff. It’s a jalapeno ranch dressing – actually intended as a salad dressing. But customers started asking for it to dip their chips in…..and it is INCREDIBLE! I could eat ANYTHING as long as it’s covered in some of this crack-like substance (earned the name Creamy Crack because it is seriously addictive). Here’s the finished plate, loaded up with avocado & creamy jap
Right now I have a date with this guy
My mom has an old-school “manual-style” elliptical machine that usually sits snugly in the corner of the upstairs living area. Yes, I’m supposed to be running today & doing elliptical tomorrow. Yes, I’m changing up my workout schedule again. You gotta just do what works sometimes, ya know?
Later this afternoon I MUST get to the mall to actually buy Christmas gifts. Ugh! I’ve been horrible this year! I need to think about how to do things differently next year because I don’t enjoy all the stress of last-minute mall madness, etc. I’m not a big shopper, to begin with (blasphemy, I know).
Do you ever workout from home? Do you like it?