Monday, July 08, 2013

all of it with some TMI thrown in for fun

So Darly is off to Girl Scout camp this week.  She was a bit nervous to go... in fact she was saying that she did not want to go right up to when we left for camp.  I think she was a bit worried about me being here without her and she likes to fret about the unknown as well.  I teased her that she was sounding like someone else we know (no, not me!) that gets really annoying when she doesn't know what is going to go on.  (NO SERIOUSLY!  I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT ME!!!)

I just threw that in to be funny.  Yes I do tend to get a bit annoying when I don't know what's coming up, but this other person is like me on crack or something.

We drove through some rain to get to camp (and I had to drive back through the rain to get home again).  Let me tell you that there isn't anything more fun than flying down a mountain road that curves back and forth with the road covered in water and cars all on the one side and a drop off on the other.  Fun times!  And the really sad part is that even though you try to take it slowly, the other cars get annoyed and think you're being a sissy.  Well to that I have to say that I wasn't the one pulled over by the cops!  I learned that they have gotten MUCH better at disguising unmarked cars now.  I was totally shocked when that black suv suddenly turned into a "christmas tree" with lights flashing and all.

So since I won't be catering to miss picky eater this week, I've decided to try out some new ideas on the culinary front.  Last night was my first foray into this adventure.  I tried out making "pasta" out of zucchini.  I pulled out my mandolin slicer and the julienne attachment and sliced the zucchini lengthwise to get long strips.  That was fun as after about half-way the zucchini didn't want cut evenly anymore.  I had to keep adjusting the finger guard to keep the pressure even on the veggie.  Otherwise I had "noodles" that were thick on one end and super thin on the other.  I cooked the zucchini in the microwave with my favorite seasonings and then grilled some shrimp with lemon juice & garlic salt.  It turned out really yummy although it took me a while to get over the fact that there were only two things on my plate.  So used to having that starch there also.  I think that tonight though (I usually do plan overs) I'll chop up the shrimp because it was difficult to have both zucchini and shrimp on the fork with whole shrimps.

Or maybe I'll make one of the other dishes.  I will also be trying out making cauliflower "rice."  In fact that's probably a good idea to make that this evening.  I was going to make chicken & "rice" for this meal.  I already have some chicken stock in the frig that I need to use up.  So that will be good.  I can throw some mushrooms into that also.  yum

In case you haven't noticed, I'm also trying to drop some pounds.  I know that part of my weight gain is my being a sloth.  But I also think that it could be my age and fluctuations in my hormones.  I can't be sure but I believe that I've finally experienced some hot flashes... I can't be sure because they haven't really bothered me like other women have reported.  I suppose that I could go see my doctor and have my hormones checked, but I REALLY want to do this w/o pharmaceutical hormones...and I have yet to find a doctor who agrees with me.  Who can blame them really when they get kick backs from the drug companies...right?  I'm betting that finding a doctor who not only would agree with me on not taking anything AND actually knows how this process is supposed to go naturally would be a small miracle.  So for now I'm holding out.  sorry, I am so disenchanted with doctors that I have to be pretty much dying before I go in.   I get enough out of them when Darly has to go in for her physical to go to camp.  I think I posted about how our doc who is supposed to be more holistic tried to push us into getting a vaccine that I am totally against.

Another thing on my agenda for while Darly is at camp is spending more time at the gym and also cleaning out my frig & freezer.  I guess that means I should really get off this computer though.  LOL!


  1. The zucchini pasta sounds delicious! I need to try that.

    The book that helped me the most about hormones was Dr. John Lee's What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. I only wished I'd read it when I was in my 20s because the information would have helped me then! He's written a number of similar books including one on natural hormone balance. Worth a read no matter what you decide to do.

  2. Eh, I've read most of this already on Facebook. Well, except for the hot flashes part. (How about a "Bone, you may want to skip this part" warning? Geez.)

    I hate unmarked cars. Also, when you were driving down the mountain in the rain, at least no one was hurling golf clubs at you :)