This weekend was a blur, some good, lots not. First, the food (of course!).
I made an Egg Cup recipe that I found online the other day. They look beautiful and I cannot wait to taste them!
I also made a shepherd’s pie recipe that was topped with Kabocha Squash. I can’t say I’ll ever work with Kabocha again, it’s an expensive squash, stains everything orange and the yield you get from it doesn’t seem worth the work. It has a very large seed pod inside of it so even a huge Kabocha doesn’t give that much flesh. I was always kind of scared of Kabocha because of the weird shape of it. It’s a fairly soft squash, easy to cut. Bake face down at 400F for about a half hour and it’s quite done.
OK, done with the food. Friday night Ray and I spent a couple of hours cleaning our house. Top to bottom. And on Friday when we sat down to have a drink and a relax, it felt amazing to have a clean house. I’ve been spot cleaning the past little while but to actually have a totally clean house. Lovely.
Saturday morning I got up and went to spinning where I pushed myself hard but definitely noticed a lack of conditioning compared to when I was going three times a week. But…I was happy with my effort and that’s all that matters. We went out for breakfast at Waffle House (not the same as the US Wafflehouse….just a standard diner) where I had my new favourite, bacon & mushroom omelette, no cheese and a caesar salad, no croutons. Aaaaaand……then we came home…………and the apocolypse that was in our house took up the rest of our day. I will not get into details except to say that we have an elderly dog and it’s a good thing we also have an industrial carpet cleaner…..and in some cases dark paint. Don’t ask. It was so, SO upsetting that I could not stop crying. In fact this morning in retelling parts of it to Tara it almost made me cry again. In addition to the horror that was the next two hours of cleaning, it meant that I also missed the spinathon. At morning spinning I was told I could make a donation and drop by….and because of the shit-show (literally), I missed it completely.
Later that afternoon we went for a nice walk just the two of us and stopped at a corner store close to our house to get a bottle of water. The little store has a hidden gem inside, a veritable farm of white orchids. One of those beautifule white orchids made its way into my arms for the walk home, a token, perhaps, for all the crying?
Saturday evening Ray’s ex wife stopped by at our request to impartially take a look at our elderly dog and give her opinion as someone who doesn’t see her everyday. Unfortunately she wouldn’t say a word on her thoughts about the end-of-life strategy for Brandy. She did leave her dog George with us overnight though….which may seem strange on the heels of our own dog issues……but I love George a lot and he actually is good for Brandy………or…..in the past he has been, unfortunately she is too tired/sick to notice him at this point. He noticed me though and tucked himself into bed with me on Sunday morning after Ray got up and then flattened himself on me for morning coffee later on.
Sunday morning we went up to Mossum Creek Hatchery where Kyle (Ray’s son)is president….he took us on a very informative tour and then for a little walk down the creek. It was a bit chilly out but not raining and very gorgeous!
That’s about it for the weekend. There were some lovely high points and some very low points. Overall the weekend was a bit traumatizing, actually and was definitely assisted by a drink!
A jog after work tonight and tomorrow is weekly weight in! Yay sunshine and yay good choices all weekend regardless of stress (vodka not withstanding!)!
I’m sorry you had to drag out the industrial cleaner… that sounds very upsetting and I’d probably cry too… I remember wailing inconsolablly when the cat first brought a bird into the house and dismembered it at the foot of the bed… and that only took five minutes to clean up….
Oh I would have been soooo traumatized. That is so aweful – and especially after you spent so much time and effort cleaning the night before! What a terrible situation.
I’m happy to see you got a pretty orchid to cheer up your house after it was decimated.
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