In This Room . . . are two dogs in a serious state of sleeping.
I Am Thankful . . . for a husband who nurtures me, even in those moments when I’m not particularly nurture-able ;-).
From The Kitchen . . . I need to remember to put some garbanzo beans in the fridge to soak overnight so I can get them cooking on the stovetop first thing tomorrow morning. I *love* garbanzo beans, preferably straight-from-the-fridge with just a bit of salt on them.
I Am Creating . . . a chart in Excel to help me more easily figure out my food sensitivities. Figuring out food sensitivities / intolerances is not an exact science by any means, particularly when some reactions can be delayed a day or two, and are not the typical “hives, trouble-breathing” reactions, and seem to be happening with nearly everything I eat. You’d think the fact that I haven’t eaten restaurant food or fast food in over a year would help, and the fact that I eat very, VERY little processed food would help — and I suppose those things DO help, but sometimes it sure doesn’t feel like it! There are so many “suspects” to which I *might* be reacting (MSG? sulfites? corn/corn derivatives? oxalates? none of the above? all of the above?) that it’s overwhelming, so my creative juices are being channeled into figuring out a better way to skin this particular cat, to help me find a definitive answer, or answers, to why my body has become so increasingly sensitive to food.
I Am Going . . . to put my thinking cap on and try try try to come up with *something* for my wishlist for my birthday later this month! I know my fellas would like to have something to wrap for me. I’ve been reading lots lately, so maybe I’ll come up with a series or two that I haven’t read. Or maybe, since eating out and birthday cake and the like are currently no-go’s for me, I’ll ask for an abundance of flowers — I’ve always considered them an extravagance in the past, but they certainly last longer than a meal out or a birthday cake, don’t they?!! (Hey, I just had a perspective shift on that particular topic!) What have been some of y’all’s favorite birthday gifts???
I Am Reading . . . “A Feast for Crows” (the fourth book in the “Game of Thrones” series), by George R. R. Martin. I have these books on my Kindle — it’s great for fat books like these! I’m thoroughly enjoying the series, although I admit I had a very difficult time getting into the start of this fourth book. But now I’m 32% into the book (on the Kindle it shows what percentage you’ve read thus far, rather than using page numbers) and I’m hooked. Book three has been my favorite thus far, and I’m looking forward to HBO’s rendition of it next year.
I Am Hearing . . . sounds of my kiddo having fun gaming online with his friends that live in other parts of the U.S.
Around The House . . . are remnants from my teen’s recent birthday — balloons that I’m reluctant to pop that are hovering about the floor in the living room and dining room, a bunch of curly-ribbon that I enjoy seeing hang from the dining room light so I’ve not taken it down, birthday gifts for which we need to figure out where to display them, etc.
One Of My Favorite Things . . . is sitting by an eveningtime campfire while camping with my fellas . . . or sitting on the porch swing at night at our favorite in-the-country B&B and watching the lightning bugs. (We’re definitely overdue for an out-in-nature vacation!!)
A Few Plans . . . hmmm, sleep til I naturally wake up tomorrow . . . that’s the only plan about which my tired mind is thinking at the moment ;-).
Here Is A Picture . . . taken by my youngest kiddo when he was 9:
At that age, he would often grab my camera and it was always a hoot to look through the pictures after I downloaded them onto my computer. This particular day he’d followed our old dog, Kelli, around and snapped lots of pictures of her. At this point in her life, she was deaf and didn’t get around too well, but she still wriggled that arthritic old body underneath his bed at night and for naps . . . although sometimes she would just get her head underneath and call it good LOL, leaving the back two-thirds of her body sticking out.
The reason I chose this photo out of the 70-something pics he took that day is because it’s such a visual reminder of the things that were important to my kiddo in March of 2007: Miss Kelli, of course (who passed away just a year later); Pokemon; Dragonball; stuffed animals; scootering; and did I mention Pokemon?!?! ;-).
I don’t know how much he remembers from that age, but, boy oh boy, do I have many, many fond memories of the time spent with us hunkered down on the floor with that wooden castle (which we used as a Pokemon castle, of course!), and looking through Pokemon game guides together, and him helping me when I’d get stuck on the Pokemon video games, and him using the Internet and computer to create his own Pokemon teams which he’d print off and hang on his door (the papers you see taped to his door in the photo), and using those stuffed animals to set up an animal store where we’d take turns being the customer or the store owner, curling up on the bed or couch to watch Pokemon or Dragonball together, . . . wonderful, wonderful memories for this mama =).