Since there was basically no snow I have not fallen off the Whole 30 perch. Yes, I am quite proud of myself. A couple of factors were key to this: 1. Since the roads did not ice, I was lacking excuses to not attend the 2 hour hot yoga Inspire/Renew class I had signed up for and 2. After aforementioned yoga class ended at 4:30 I was so tired and crippled that I soaked in a hot Epsom Salts bath and inhaled a Turkey Burger (sadly with no cheese or bun) and then fell asleep at 8:30 while dreams of buns and vodka danced in my head.
It was really ironic, as in this class led by literally one of the most soulful people and talented yoga instructors I have ever encountered- shout out to Suzanne Bergen- she was inspiring us to follow Brene Brown’s coaching of asking for permission to do new and scary things or to give yourself permission to relax, like for example leave dishes in the sink or lay on the couch all afternoon…..and I was thinking “OH MY GOD if this woman only knew I need more rules than permissions!!” I did commit myself to do more new and/or risky things at work, as I think we (and I know I) always like to err on the side of doing things we are already good at or things that if do we fail, the risk is low-especially as we get older. And think back to when you were a kid and you did something that scared you for the first time- like the monkey bars without a grown up holding your legs? or riding a bike with no training wheels? Remember that sense of accomplishment???? I see it in Henry now as he is really becoming more independent and will seriously be joyful and being able to put a stamp on a letter….now to be honest he shows this same joy every time he poops in the potty and unfortunately he always wants to share his joy and requires an audience to validate the size of his outputs.
Back to me. Guess what happens when you go to bed at 8:30? You wake up at 4:30, so I have been up 4 hours and had 3 cups of coffee!! I am obsessed with this wonderful book my mother in law gave me for Christmas by Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life on PBS. I think I am late to this party, as they are on Season 4 and I cannot wait to watch the show. Her book, which is combo cookbook and novel, is phenomenal. Such a wonderful story and celebration of the South. Anyhoo, after I read until about 6 I decided it was time to fry up some bacon. So this is my latest Whole 30 breakfast: 2 poached eggs over spinach with 2 pieces of bacon (The Pederson’s Whole 30 approved bacon is my fav), a little avocado and then whatever side I have left over from the night before- sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, zoodles, cauliflower rice, etc.- and then if you have any romesco sauce up in the hizzle, that is the piece de resistance. It took me 20 minutes to make the meal and a maximum 5 to scarf it down. I think breakfast is truly the only time I am hungry on Whole 30, which makes you realize that the majority of eating and 100% of snacking is psychological and/or pure boredom.
Yesterday I also started a puzzle. It is a 1,000 piece botanical vintage New Yorker cover. It is a ball buster. So for the past 2 hours I have been puzzling with accompaniment by Alexa. I have been doing some research and so far Jackson Browne and Jason Isbell Pandora stations are winning the prize for best puzzling tunes. I taught Henry the chorus to Can’t You See. I feel like if his nickname is Hank and he goes to college in the south it will serve him well with the ladies to be able to belt out a little Marshall Tucker Band from time to time.
Tonight is a big night people, THE GOLDEN GLOBES are on!! They are so much better than the Oscars….because they drink and are a lot funnier. I will be recording it of course, as the odds of me staying awake for them is about zero. I do like to see all the pretty people in their pretty dresses and guess how long it has been since they have had a cracker.
I leave you today with this guy who really makes me pee my pants. I have said before, but will say again, I am not celebrating or making light of excessive alcohol consumption or addiction- I just think his perspective is hysterical. He is a tad bit crass, but if you cared about that you likely would not be reading this😊 If you like this one, his Thanksgiving episode is also quite humorous.