Best Christmas Ever

Friday 12-21-

Work Christmas party: go downtown, hang out with Christina Holly and Hope (wow my friends have Christmas-y names), eat tacos

Go home and prepare for Saturday’s Christmas Dinner; Josh smokes a ham and a turkey on his early Xmas gift of fresh peach and cherry wood (unutilized: pear). By Friday I’ve already made mashed potatoes, stuffing, and an Italian creme cake. Get Chinese food delivered for dinner and have a pretty decent vegetable egg roll.

Saturday:

Open gifts with the kids and family. The kids got exactly what they wanted. They even got me 3 candles (one smells and looks like a little cup of coffee), a snow globe, some candy (yum) and a craft 🙂 we love crafts. Later we watch the Simpsons movie

Sunday: Go with kids to Incredible Pizza (kind of a highly evolved chuck e. cheese with better food, decor, laser tag, mini golf, bowling, simulators, bumper cars and go karts). Play ski ball with Josh. Find a cardboard waldo hidden among some arcade games and feel accomplished and earn a free return visit. Spend our virtual tickets on a Hershey’s scented candle. Stop on the way home to give beer gifts to my favorite brewery.

Monday- Christmas Eve- do errands with Josh, take a Starbucks break. Santa brings Josh a copy of Dear God No! to watch. Begin to watch Portlandia.

Tuesday- Real Christmas! Go with Josh, his mom and his grandma to Hoosier Park Casino. First time at a casino 🙂 Get gifted $50 in gambling money. Lose $10. Go to the buffet, eat prime rib, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberries, bourbon bread pudding, two different types of cheese cake and another kind of cake. Go back to slots, lose $20, lose 15 more and resign self to penny slots with last $5. Eventually at the very end of the day I turned it into $55 by squatting on the same $.20 machine after the lady next to me gives me her last $.19. A fun trip! Drop off Grandma and pet a wandering cat who looks and talks like my Mokers.

Go home and get more presents. Josh got me 2 movies (it would have been 1 but I alerted him that I almost bought the 2nd and he just gave it to me so I wouldn’t), a new Gorod CD (with a bird on it), a Mr  McGibblets doll decorated for Christmas, two types of starbucks Cocoa, some herbal tea and a charlie brown Christmas tree 🙂 This is not to mention the blender and the vacuum I received in November.

Josh’s mom got me some more tiny candles, some nice Arbonne stuff and some hello kitty pj’s. She got us both a colts lawn ornament for our pa-Dio 🙂 The cats and dogs got me an Alice Cooper Christmas ornament and a GWAR (green) Christmas record (though we don’t have a record player but that’s okay, it’s the thought that counts).

I also Facebook talked with my mom a little as we tend to do around holidays. Considering whether to collide our universes later this week. As usual she doesn’t seem to care either way. Watch Mr. Death, think a lot, watch more Portlandia, eat cake. Wake up on Wednesday to a blizzard thankful we’ve stockpiled cocoa. back to work now 😦 Wishing it was the weekend again!

Also, Juicing is not going so great this week. Ever since I went to Jackie O’s last weekend, my diet has reverted to avalanche pizza, fluff, beer, cookies, coffee, and holiday food with the occasional juice interruption. I’ll get back on it though I swear!

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Day 3 Juice flub

4 tomatoes on the vine

2.5 carrots

1 lemon

2 snack packs of celery

2 jalapeno peppers

The peppers were a mistake in retrospect. At first taste my healthy mary is delicious but then the slow lingering burn of too many peppers sets in. It’s been a long time since I was able to put half a bottle of hot sauce in my smoothies but i guess it’s also been a long time since i could drink half a case of shitty beer in one session too. Key Lime Sparkling water chaser it is!

As the day goes on I’m pretty much used to the hotness.

Last night made another batch of bananorangeapple juice, drank half before dinner and half this morning. Added cinnamon and the whole concoction came out tasting like a spiced pear shake. A+!

So far I’m digging juice because my skin looks healthier, I’m starting to be less tired, and I don’t have the urge to drink coffee all damn day long. I’m somewhat less interested in sugar but it’s hard to resist chocolate when it’s nearby.

I talked to my juice loving student and she showed me another recipe website which looks pretty cool: http://www.beautifulonraw.com/

She also taught me about something called natural horsemanship which seems to be like horsewhispering and treating ponies like people. I learned the word horsenality which is right up there with cattitude. Always teaching me stuff, those students!!

http://www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com/horsenality-horses/

For my next trick i think I’m going to do carrots, sweet potato, apples, and celery. Or whatever happens when I forget that I wrote that down when I get downstairs.

Adventures in Juice- Ninja Review: Day 2

So my awesome boyfriend got me a Ninja blender on black Friday for early Christmas which I was very excited about. It got here about a week ago but I just tried it yesterday. I’ve written about juice cravings before and was pretty stoked to try.

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I went to Walmart and got a sack of little granny smith apples and a sack of oranges. I also got 2 packages of whole carrots, 2 lemons, 4 bananas, 4 tomatoes and some celery. I was a little miffed that they didn’t have any strawberries. Overall I had no idea what I was doing besides knowing that my mom used to make apple carrot juice for me. I’m dreaming also of a spicy bloody mary (no booze) with homegrown hot peppers from my freezer.

Last night I made a delicious sage colored smoothie of 2 little apples, 3 oranges, a banana, and some ice. It was amazingly good and I drank it all that evening. My man even tried a sip and he is not so into juice or fruit.

Today I made a smoothie of about 5 carrots, 4 green apples, a lemon, some ice and some water (after it just wouldn’t liquefy . This recipe (or… list of non specific ingredients) was suggested by one of my students who is always inspiring me to think about or try healthy stuff. It’s decent but it seems… chewy. I don’t know if there’s a way to do carrots right with a blender but I don’t really care. She also suggested drinking juices within 15 minutes so they don’t lose their nutrients and storing them in the fridge in a mason jar filled to the brim to avoid oxidation. I don’t know if the 15 minutes thing is true, but I can’t stop drinking the juice so that’s not an issue. The oxidation I believe because of beer that’s tasted worse after being left half drank in a growler.

I am still new to the rules and practices of juice. My friend Angie has a juicer (separates pulp from the juice) and suggested this site: http://www.jointhereboot.com/tag/smoothie/

I was glad she had some suggestions because when I was googling for smoothie recipes I was finding gross shit like hiding brocolli and spinach from your kids in peach and berry smoothies. I was also glad I asked for a blender and not a juicer after much deliberation because she said she doesn’t juice like she used to anymore because there’s so much damn pulp she doesn’t know what to do with it all. Plus I loved my (not really mine) vitamix of yesteryear. 

I don’t know if its acceptable or unhealthy to sip juice all day. I had a big glass for breakfast around 10 or 1030 and now its noon and i’m drinking the spare mason jar full. Feeling kind of empty inside. Fruit has a lot of sugar but I’m avoiding refined carbs (white sugar) so I don’t know if the fiber counteracts the sugar or if smoothie-ing can actually make you gain weight. Research needs to be done and it will probably be done by my mouth. Hoping not to ever get burnt out on Ninja-ing!