Failing My Goals

I think that it is normal to set goals (even mini goals) for the day. Well maybe "goal" is too heavy of a word: it's good to intend to accomplish things in a day, and therefore work to accomplish these things. Or is this my own warped thinking: every day must have purpose; we have responsibilities to ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.

I have recently come to the realization that I don't ever set "napping" as a goal. It is never something that I intend to do. It is in fact, something I fight against doing. Napping gets in the way of the other goals I have set, like beading, dead heading flowers, sweeping, or making cookies. Napping takes precious time away from my REAL goals (my average nap is 2 hours long and then I require cobweb shaking after that).

So by not setting out to nap every day (making it a goal), I fail at accomplishing my daily goals.

Can you see how that works?

What I Learned About Garlic

I'm so glad that I watch television. Where else would I learn about how to select garlic at the grocery store? I mean, who just decides to Google garlic (I confess, I just did in preparation for this post).

Have you ever brought a garlic bulb home and had it fall apart? Or gone to chop up a clove, and it was all dry? Let me share some hints with you, so that doesn't happen again...

1. don't buy a bulb that is falling apart or starting to open up - it's old
2. bulbs with pink-purplish bits are fairly fresh (picked recently)
3. toss the bulb in the air - the faster it comes down, the younger it is (older bulbs are lighter and don't fall as fast)

A One Photo Vacation

We (Jason and I) are now entering the second phase of our Summer Vacay 2011. This is the "stay at home and be quiet after surviving 7 days with an 8 year old and a 6 year old" portion. The energy of our nieces is amazing (which makes the energy of my sister even more amazing) and endless.

The energy would have been fun to capture on camera, but it was a Catch 22 for me. Pulling out my camera and clicking away (even mindlessly) would have required energy on my part, and when R & R see a camera, they have to see the photo, plus take a photo themselves, then redo the action that prompted getting out the camera in the first place. Energy.

Realizing this, on the last day away from home, Jason and I snapped this one of us leaving our hotel room.

P.S. Annie (my sister) noticed that I wasn't "doing my MS shots"

A Vacation Within a Vacation

The second annual Winnipeg-Ontario family vacay in Wisconsin starts this week-end. There will be lots of games played, lots of towel drying after swimming, numerous bottles of sunscreen applied, and great food. What there won't be is Rebif - no injections for me.

I have decided to take another Rebif Holiday. These are maybe becoming a little too frequent, but until I see my neuro in October, this is how I plan to handle it. This time, I'm taking a full 2 weeks off, not just the one week that I have taken lately. This means that my sites will have a 3 week break from the drug. My sites are ugly and the pain during injection is scary...okay, the pain isn't scary, my yelling and screaming is scary. My arm sites aren't just ugly, they are sore. If it was just ugliness, I could handle it.

I see no point in tainting this vacation with my troubles. It's a 10 hour for Jason and I and a 10 hour drive for those coming from Kitchener. So there will be no PID sickness and no pausing in the middle of a card game so that I can do my shot. The only pausing will be to refill the drinks and the chip bowl!

I tested out my water hat earlier this summer - it's ready to go! Now, I will pack.

ChocoBanana with PB

um yeah. Just let me finish licking my fingers...

This morning I stumbled across a recipe for a frozen treat (in actuality, it scrolled by on my twitterfeed and I click it). It seemed pretty easy - I had all of the ingredients (minus one because I don't like coconut): peanut butter, chocolate chips and bananas.

I'm not a fan of peanut butter and chocolate together, but I do like chocolate, and I do like peanut butter and banana together. And I had some coloured sprinkles to replace the coconut.

I didn't take any photos as the blog where I found the recipe has enough. But I can give you two suggestions:

1. make sure your banana chunks are large, and the banana is firm. Mine were difficult to maneuver without using my fingers.

2. the warmer the chocolate/peanut butter mix, the neater the coating job

So with no further chatter - here is the link to this delicious treat: (never home)maker

Enjoy...I sure did!
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